The Orinda Juniors hosted the Youth Ink 2015 awards ceremony on April 23rd at the Orinda Library Auditorium. Youth Ink is an annual creative writing contest open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who live or attend school in Orinda. The Youth Ink 2015 prompt is Choices. This prompt was chosen because it encourages young writers to personalize their piece and lends well to an open style choice.
We had 48 entries this year. Our judges (a panel of local professional writers) were so impressed by the writing of these students, they chose to write their own personal note to all who entered. Here’s a snippet from one:
I would like all you Youth Ink writers to know how much I enjoyed reading your contributions. I was struck by your creativity, your ability to make me see things in new ways, and the way your pieces moved me emotionally. Your writing often used beautiful language and explored important themes, just like the adults writers with whom I work. Please keep writing! The fact that you had the courage and determination to write your piece, edit it, and submit it to a contest tells me that you have the passion and dedication necessary to become a life-long writer. If you keep developing this interest, everything you experience, think, and feel can find expression in your writing. It can become a powerful way of making sense of the world around you and of exploring, expressing and expanding yourself in ways you never dreamed possible. Your writing skills will help you not only in college and in your career, but in your personal journey as well. Thank you for giving me the chance to see the world through your eyes; write on and have fun!
This year’s winners:
1st place ($250) – Katie Lyons – “Sinking Honor”
2nd place ($125) – Lindsay Kornguth – “A Deathly Dilemma”
3rd place ($75) – Nisha Andrews – “A Choice”
10 Honorable Mention (Gift certificates):
(not ranked, listed by last name in alphabetical order):
Olivia Eukel – “Perfect”
Dara Kazmierowski – “Skiing Like a Pro…or Maybe Not”
Sophia Kofoed – “The Warrior Within”
Amrita Pannu – “Rising Above the Waves”
Maddy Reynolds – “A Second Chance”
Maddie Robinson – “This is Me”
Emma Rust – “When the Waterlilies Bloom”
Elise Wilson – “The Guardian Angel”
Eva Winter – “Potatoes”
Clara Wu – Love is Blind”
Our April meeting featured a night of food and fun. We had a wonderful cooking demonstration with local chef Dan Petek and did some blind taste testing of some of our favorite wines. Dan demonstrated how to make an amazing ahi tuna appetizer, delicious herb-crusted goat cheese salad, a fava bean risotto with lemon and mint pesto, and topped it all off with decadent dark chocolate and sea salt topped bread – it was spectacular!
Ignacia & Corrie with our Chef for the evening, Dan Patek
Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt!
Blind Wine Tasting
We ended the evening with laughter, full stomachs, delicious recipes, and great cooking tips (cut goat cheese with dental floss!). What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Spring evening!
Download the delicious recipes!
Our April meeting featured a night of food and fun. We had a wonderful cooking demonstration with local chef Dan Petek and did some blind taste testing of some of our favorite wines. Dan demonstrated how to make an amazing ahi tuna appetizer, delicious herb-crusted goat cheese salad, a fava bean risotto with lemon and mint pesto, and topped it all off with decadent dark chocolate and sea salt topped bread – it was spectacular! We ended the evening with laughter, full stomachs, delicious recipes, and great cooking tips (cut goat cheese with dental floss!). What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Spring evening!
Upon the announcement of the 2015 Youth Ink writing contest , co-chairs Elizabeth Casey and Leigh Colburn talked with the Orinda News. Read their story online in the Orinda News (on page 15).
The 2015 Youth Ink writing contest is open to middle school students, grades 6th, 7th and 8th, who live in or attend an Orinda school. Entries may be a story (fiction or non-fiction), poem, or other form of creative writing, written specifically for the contest. The writing prompt for 2015 is Choices; however, you may write about anything you like—real or imaginary—adhere to the prompt or not! There is no limit to your imagination.
This holiday season, the Juniors came together to brighten the holiday of over 25 boys and girls at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. The Juniors fulfilled the wish lists of children – from infants to early teens – with much needed clothing as well as a special toy or game for each child. Soon after we made our donation, we learned that our very own Juniorettes wrapped the packages for the children. The Lamorinda Weekly covered the story.
A group of Juniors got together over the weekend and baked over 24 dozen cookies and holiday treats for a holiday celebration for the Pediatric Infectious Disease Program at Children’s Hospital.
We are grateful for your role in improving the lives of our patients! Thank you for being such valuable partners by volunteering your time for the young people and their families we serve. We hope you have a wonderful and joyous holiday season and may the light you share with others shine upon you!
With our warmest holiday wishes,
The staff of the Pediatric ID Program
On November 20 the Orinda Woman’s Club will put on the 28th Annual Festival of Trees Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel. To support the program, the Orinda Juniors have decorated a small tree to be auctioned at the luncheon. Our theme is the 24 Days of Christmas.
For our fundraiser this year, we gathered at Maura’s house to make Cookies in a Jar and Chocolate Sauce. We made about 72 jars of chocolate sauce and 48 jars of cookie mix! We spent our next group meeting decorating the treats and will be selling them at our next meeting. They are wonderful holiday and hostess gifts.
The Orinda Juniors had a great time decorating pumpkins at our October meeting. Once we were all done, a small group (along with their children all decked out in their spookiest garb) delivered the pumpkins to an enthusiastic crowd of seniors at the Orinda Senior Village.