Hidden History Contest Winners

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the “Hidden History” Writing and Art Contests.

This year, youth ages 8-14 who live or attend school in Pasadena were challenged to put their own spin on a piece of history. All artwork and stories were inspired by characters or moments from past events–whether that’s their own history or a historical moment. This contest was sponsored by the Friends of the Pasadena Public Library.

Special thanks to our judges:  Tiffany Duenas, Natassia Mendez, Roy Park, Leela Perea, and Jesse Roth

Here are the winners and honorable mentions.

Art Contest


Writing Contest

1st place (Category 1: ages 8-11): “Jesse Owens Dreams” by Canaan Pettit, Grade 5.

Summary:  A runner is inspired by Jesse Owens’ words, “The best part about running is feeling free.” CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


2nd place (Category 1: ages 8-11): “One Step Ahead” by Carolyn Wang, Age 11

Summary:  Cameron found a note with a mystery waiting to be solved: “Seek the Heart, Solve the clues, Find the fortune” CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


3rd place (Category 1: ages 8-11): “The English Men” by Ishbel Tyler, Grade 5

Summary:  A grandmother recalls a night when she overhears unwanted visitors at their village. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


Honorable Mentions (Category 1: ages 8-11): 

  • “The Time Tempest” by Ellis Gruesbeck, Age 11
    Summary:  Ritchie finds a mysterious box which grants him an adventure of a lifetime. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY
  • “Mystery Package” by Emelia Lagousis, Grade 6
    Summary:  The narrator finds a mysterious letter with a mission. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY
  • “The Secret” by Aaron Young, Grade 3
    Summary:  Zach finds out something interesting about his father. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


1st place (Category 2: ages 12-14): “A Surprising School Trip” by Leah Bacigalupi, Age 12

Summary:  Harper discovers a startling detail about her family. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


2nd place (Category 2: ages 12-14): “to be free” by Chloe Daily, Age 12

Summary:  A slave wishes to be free. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


3rd place (Category 2: ages 12-14): “Ang pamilya ay lahat (Family is Everything)” by Jordan Fleischman, Age 12

Summary:  The narrator explains her own hidden history. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY


Honorable Mentions (Category 2: ages 12-14): 

  • “Revolutionary Love” by Emma Rispin, Age 12
    Summary:  Amidst a war, a frightful night, and an unknowable future. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY
  • “The Soldier” by Samuel Smookler, Age 12
    Summary:  The narrator discover some important history about his grandfather. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY
  • “A House Full of History” by Raahi Pearce, Age 12
    Summary:  Geoffrey uncovers some of his house’s stories. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY
  • “The Great Molasses Flood” by Sierra Ng, Age 12
    Summary:  Josie learns about the Great Molasses Flood. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL STORY

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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