Friends and families gathered at the Orinda Library auditorium for the presentation of the 2017 Youth Ink Awards.  This year, over 45 Orinda middle school students submitted entries inspired by the writing prompt 60 Seconds. Many of the young authors read their essays, and guest speaker, MJ Marggraff spoke to the crowd.

The Orinda Junior Women’s Club is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Youth Ink Writing Contest:

First Place ($250):
Kirstin Parker, OIS, So Long, So Short

Second Place ($125):
Kate Laudy, Athenian School, The Last Minute

Third Place ($75):
Lydia Gant, OIS, Sixty Seconds of an Anxiety Attack
Kali Sharma, OIS, Leaving the Life You Love

Honorable Mention:

(alphabetical order)

Mia Balonick, 60 Seconds to Live

Devon Bradley, A Dream

Malayna Chang, Pen Pals

Annika Gubser, Worlds Within Words

Audrey Lambert, See You Later Alligator

Zoey C. Patterson, Flammable

Maxine Pollock, Small Steps

Kelsey Viadro, Breaking Free

Abby Wallach, Inspired

Lily Wood, Awed by Abe



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