The Traveler Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the One City One Story 2017 “The Traveler” Art and Writing Contest winners!

The winning entries were honored during an award ceremony followed by a reception on March 18, 2017. The winning entries are currently displayed at Central Library in the Great Hall, and will remain in exhibit for the next month.  Drop by the library and see for yourself!

We will feature the contest winners in upcoming issues of Off the Shelf, the library’s monthly newsletter, and teen participants will also be feature in the Fall 2017 issue of the Teen Zine.

Thank you to our participants!


Writing Contest

This year’s contest challenged kid and teen writers to share a story about traveling or travelers. Thank you to the writing contest judges: Tiffany Duenas, Jean Penn, McKenna Blackshire, Madison Comick, Haneen Eltaib, and Maya Wong.

A first, second, and third place winners were selected for three categories.  The elementary school category accepted entries from 3-5th graders; the middle school category was for 6-8th graders; the high school category was for 9-12th graders.


Elementary School Category


1st place, Elementary School category

Celeste Raynaud, Grade 5, McKinley School

“Tick-Tock Castle Time”

Summary:  Booky finds a mysterious watch that transports her and her friends to 18th century France.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


2nd place, Elementary School category

Kayla Su, Grade 4, Sky Mountain Charter School

“Azlender’s Travel Adventure”

Summary:  Tired of his boring life in Avenlee, Azlender sets off on an adventure in the woods.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


3rd place, Elementary School category

Evelyn Chen, Grade 5, Eugene Field Elementary School

“Trappist-1”

Summary:  Seven new planets were discovered outside our solar system, and they are populated with inhabitants.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


Middle School Category


1st place, Middle School category

Simone Nguyen, Grade 8, Blair Middle School

“Goodbye Vietnam”

Summary:  The narrator recalls his or her family’s journey over the sea as they emigrate from Vietnam to Thailand.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


2nd place, Middle School category

Rhea Calva-Despard, Grade 7, Blair Middle School

“Home”

Summary:  A thirteen year old with ARMS disease recalls the difficulty and pleasures of traveling—both for fun and for treatments.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


3rd place, Middle School category

Ian Macklin Sims, Grade 7, Blair Middle School

“Little Black Me – From Africa to America”

Summary:  A true poem written from the perspective of a young black male who feels as though he is left unappreciated.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


High School Category


1st place, High School category

Teresa Fundter, Grade 9, La Canada High School

“Blue Eyes”

Summary: The narrator recalls a haunting memory of travels in Syria and the moment a bomb is detonated.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


2nd place, High School category

Sally Ho, Grade 9, Arcadia High School

“Dreams of a Refugee”

Summary:  A family flees their hometown after the destruction during the Syrian Civil War.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


3rd place, High School category

Alaina Joby, Grade 9, Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School

“The Ghost of Theodore Bushnell”

Summary:  Catherine and Mandy stay at an old church rumored to be haunted.  CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE STORY


Art Contest

This year’s art contest, like the writing contest, challenged kid and teen artists to explore the theme of traveling or travelers. Thank you to the art contest judges: Mark Cedeno, Marie Plug, Shauna Redmond, and Tara Smith.

A first, second, and third place winners were selected for three categories.  The elementary school category accepted entries from 3-5th graders; the middle school category was for 6-8th graders; the high school category was for 9-12th graders.


Elementary School Category


1st place, Elementary School category

Kayla Su, Grade 4, Sky Mountain Charter School

“My Picture of Traveling”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


2nd place, Elementary School category

Giulia Bhatia, Grade 5, St. Rita’s School

“Seeing Beauty From the Clouds”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


3rd place, Elementary School category

Ace Slavin, Grade 3, St. Monica Academy

“The Mars Traveler”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


Middle School Category


1st place, Middle School category

James Fallon, Grade 6, South Pasadena Middle School

“By the Swamp”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


2nd place, Middle School category

Anna Elizabeth Phelan, Grade 7, Canyon View Academy

“Pegasus Pulling Covered Wagon”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


3rd place, Middle School category

Clarissa Ayala, Grade 8, St. Andrews School

“Preparing for Takeoff”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


High School Category


1st place, High School category

Miko Sellier, Grade 9, Bellarmine Jefferson High School

“The Adventurer’s Cap”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


2nd place, High School category

Kristina Yin, Grade 11, Flintridge Preparatory School

“Prologue to Waking Up in a New World”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


3rd place, High School category

Kira Toal, Grade 10, Immaculate Heart High School

“One-Way Street”  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ARTWORK


The contest theme was based on our One City One Story 2017 selection, Pulitzer Prize winning novel:  The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

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, and volunteers. 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 corgi Lord Tyrion of Pasadena. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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