Holiday writing contest, youth division 2009


Christmas stories of love, wishes, lessons learned and animals filled our mailbox and inboxes in the past few weeks and we couldn’t have been happier here at the Farm and Dairy!

The stories gave us the jolt we needed to get into the holiday spirit. The judges had a tough time picking the winners but we accomplished the goal as they finished the heap of entries. This week, we’re featuring the winning stories from the youth division. These covered everything from finding that perfect gift under the tree to wishing they could spend one last Christmas with a relative. There was plenty to give us a giggle or show us creativity.

It was quite a task to select the best ones and we appreciate every writer who took the time to enter. Every young author’s entry reminded us that Christmas is a special time of the year and it should be enjoyed. Thank you again for all the entries!

This year’s winners in the youth division:

Ages: 14-17

Winner: Eileen Gress of Shreve, Ohio, “Marie’s Christmas Miracle”

Second place: Alex Keck of Hanoverton, Ohio, “A coal camp Christmas”

Honorable Mention: Veronica Easterday of North Bloomfield, Ohio, “Electric Santa”

Ages: 10

Winner: Athena Pantelides of Louisville, Ohio, “A cat’s Christmas Dream”

Second place: Tyler Moff of Berlin Center, Ohio, “Revenge of the…Cows

Honorable Mention: Rachel Barkley of Uhrichsville, Ohio, “Christmas Wishes”

Age: 7

Winner: Abigail Langmeyer of Cortland, Ohio, “A Christmas surprise”

Holiday art contest

The winner for this year’s art contest in the 13-18 age category is
Diane Gress, 14, Shreve, Ohio, which is pictured above.
Also receiving honorable mention were: Charles Easterday, 16, of North Bloomfield
and Anthony Costarella, 14, Hammondsville, Ohio

All were in the same age category.

Winning stories from the adult division will be published in next week’s issue, Dec. 31. So grab a mug of hot chocolate and sit back while the imaginations of some very talented youth take you for a journey.


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