City Council Honors Winners in the Library’s I Love My Library Drawing & Essay Contest

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Press Release posted 3/5/13 – Winners of the Sierra Madre Public Library “I Love My Library Drawing and Essay Contest” were honored Tuesday, Feb. 26 by the Sierra Madre City Council. Library Trustee Pete Siberell read the names of the 17 outstanding young winners and Mayor Josh Moran gave them each a handsome certificate from the City.

Local students, 188 in all, entered the drawing and essay contest in January. Those in grades K – 2 created drawings showing why they love the Library and those in grades 3-8 wrote an essay telling why they love the Library. Judges awarded cash prizes donated by local civic organizations including, Sierra Madre Civic Club, Sierra Madre Community Foundation, Sierra Madre Kiwanis, Sierra Madre Rotary and Friends of the Library.

Contest winners were announced on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at a celebration in the Children’s Room of the Library. At that event, they received Valentine-themed certificates and cash prizes, and the first place winners showed their drawings or read their essays

First Place kindergarten winner Emerson Carrillo-Vincent, who drew an exuberant and colorful picture of the library, said he loves it because he lives across the street! Essay writers talked about the library being a quiet place with shelves holding the gateways to adventure. All the essay writers talked about how important the library is to them and how they love to visit often.

The drawings and essays of the first and second place winners will be displayed at the Library during the first week of March.

The winners are:


First Place – Emerson Carrillo Vincent, Mayfield Junior School
Second Place – Kodiak Ellis, Sierra Madre Community Nursery School

First Grade

First Place – Shane Vandevelde, Sierra Madre School
Second Place – Betsy Cole, Sierra Madre School

Second Grade

First Place – Mila Burns Sierra Madre School
Second Place – Sofia Mathews, Sierra Madre School

Third Grade

First Place – Gracie Andres, Sierra Madre School
Second Place – Michael Sasa Butman, Sierra Madre School

Fourth Grade

First Place – Claire Senft, Highland Oaks School
Second Place – Sarah Muqri, Sierra Madre School

Fifth Grade

First Place – Teresa Fundter, St. Rita School
Second Place – Emma Dillion, St. Rita School

Sixth Grade

First Place  -Lauren Anastasia, The Gooden School
Second Place – Russell Moore, The Gooden School

Seventh Grade

First Place – Tiana Lopez, The Gooden School
Second Place – Tim O’Neill, St. Rita School

Eighth Grade

Noelle Martinez, The Gooden School