Young Readers League Contest Winners

Here are the winners for the Art and Writing Contests:

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Writing Contest

This year, young writers were challenged to tell us a ghost story in 300 words or less.

Special thanks to our judges:  Allison Hill (Vromans), Shauna Redmond, Jean Penn, Leela Perea, Robin Reidy and Rosa Cesaretti (Pasadena Library).

Category 1 (ages 8-11)

1st place:  Breck Sequeira, Age 11 (Grade 6), Blair Middle School, “First Goal”

2nd place:  Maya Bailey, Age 11 (Grade 6), Eliot Arts Magnet, “The Mattesons”

3rd place:  Becca Andelin, Age 11 (Grade 6), Eliot Arts Magnet, “Facing the World”

Honorable mentions:

Lucca Sandino, Age 11 (Grade 6), Blair Middle School, Untitled

Ella Lesnever, Age 11 (Grade 6), Blair Middle School, “My Journey Around the United States”

Emily Downs, Age 8 (Grade 3), San Rafael Elementary School, “Pencil”

Category 2 (ages 12-14)

1st place:  Isaac Rishwain, Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School, “A New Beginning”

2nd place:  Anni Guo, Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School, “Syria to Europe”

3rd place:  Olivia Barrios, Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School, “No Looking Back”

Honorable mentions:

Hannah Cahalan, Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School, “Who Reads The Waterfall On The Other Side”

Amber Elias, Age 12 (Grade 7), Blair Middle School, “Trapped”

Art Contest

Artists were challenged to create a one frame drawing or illustration on the theme “A New Journey.”

Special thanks to our judges:  Tiffany Duenas (Pasadena Public Library), Robert Orozco (ArtCenter student), Shauna Redmond (Pasadena Public Library), Mike Shea (Pasadena Public Library)

To view the artwork, click on the category headings

Category 1 (ages 8-11)

1st Place:  Kayla Su, Age 11, Sage Oak Charter School, “Paths to a New Journey”, Colored pencils; 8 x 10 inches

2nd Place:  Rachel Mirolla, Age 11, Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, “Traveling West”, Chalk, pastel, pencil, block print; 8.5 x 11 inches

3rd Place: Siluni Abeywickrama, Age 13, Sierra Madre Middle School, “The New Land”, Crayon, colored pencils; 8.5 x 11 inches

Honorable Mentions:  

Natalia Fajardo, Age 10, Hamilton Elementary, “New Journey”, Pastels; 16 x 18 inches

Lucas Huang, Age 10, Oasis Trilingual Community School, “God’s Creation”, Markers, plasti-dip, airbrush; 15.5 x 11.5 inches

Mia McNulty, Age 11, McKinley School, “Taj Mahal”, Paint; 11 x 14 inches

Taylor Herrington, Age 9, Lycee International, “Which Path”, Chalk, pastel, colored pencils, markers; 12 x 14 inches

Katie Su, Age 9, Sage Oak Charter School, “A Voyage to a New Life”, Colored pencils; 8 x 10 inches

Category 2 (ages 12-14)

1st Place:  Camille Echeverri, Age 14, California School of the Arts, Untitled, Pen, ink, watercolor; 9 x 12 inches

2nd Place:  Nathaly Hernandez, Age 14, Homeschool, “Your Only Limit is Your Mind”, Watercolor; 22 x 28 inches

3rd Place: Maxwell Ribaya, Age 14, Pasadena High School, “Break of Dawn”, Pencil, colored pencil, marker, pen; 9 x 12 inches

Honorable Mentions: 

Ida Hastel, Age 14, Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, Untitled, Ink, pastel; 8.5 x 11 inches

Grayson Griffis Heath, Age 12, Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, “A Night of Adventure”, Pencil, ink, pastel; 8.5 x 11 inches

Stella Listru, Age 12, Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, “A New Journey”, Ink, pastel; 8.5 x 11 inches

Ruby Mihalka, Age 13, Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, “A New Journey”, Ink, pastel; 8 x 10 inches

Elizabeth Riley, Age 12, Waverly School, “Boundless”, Pencil; 8.5 x 11 inches


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.

2 thoughts on “Young Readers League Contest Winners

  • November 9, 2018 at 10:07 am

    This contest is a fantastic way to encourage our young people to be imaginative and share their visions with others. I’ve been following the contest for three years now and have enjoyed reading the book selections. For three years I’ve been working with young students to get them motivated to write (or draw) and understand what makes a good story good. Thank you YRL, Pasadena Library, and Vromans for this annual event that builds community, honors creativity and expression in children, and inspires future readers and writers! I can’t wait for the next one.

  • November 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Congratulations to all of the winners, runners up, and all writers and artists who had the courage to enter. Keep creating!


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