Winners of Leopold's Ice Cream 11th Annual Creative Writing Challenge Honored at City Hall
To replicate the full experience previous winners have received, while also adhering to the changes brought on by Covid-19 precautions, Savannah Mayor Van Johnson invited the honorees to record a reading of their winning entries, with the intention to share the broadcast on the Savannah Government Television channel.
Honorees will be welcomed by representatives of Leopold's Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries, and Mayor Johnson will deliver remarks and commemorate the occasion with the "now-famous Mayor selfie." Single-scoop, individually packed ice creams from Leopold's Ice Cream will be served to all attendees.
Since its beginning in 2011, the Creative Writing Challenge continues to underscore Leopold's Ice Cream's commitment to literacy, art, education and fostering creativity and expression in young people. In line with previous years, owners Stratton and Mary Leopold were delighted to receive hundreds of entries from local schoolchildren across Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty counties.
"This year's entries were so strong, it was difficult to choose which were the best," said Mary Leopold. "It says a lot about this community's commitment to literacy and the power of the written word. We are happy to further the cause and thrilled at the level of participation,"
The winners and runners up of the competition are:
1st Place: "My Family and Friends" by Amay Reddy
Kindergarten, Godley Station Elementary School
2nd Place: "Love and Friendship" by Carson Stack
1st grade, Hesse Elementary School
1st Place: "Friends and Family Are My Crew" by Kasey Rodgers
5th grade, Heard Elementary School
2nd Place: "Family and Friends" by Joy Hall
5th grade, Haven Elementary School
1st Place: "The Ultimate Gift" by Hudson Christopher Miller
7th grade, Esther F. Garrison School of the Arts
2nd Place: "The Woods" by Ethan Crowe
6th grade, Veritas Academy
1st Place: "Friends and Family" by Julian Wells Deveaux
9th grade, Homeschooled, Springfield, Georgia
2nd Place: "The Sayings" by Krystell Sanchez Romero
12th grade, Sol C. Johnson High School
The winning poems can be read at https://www.leopoldsicecream.com/
Poetry submissions were judged on creativity and adherence to the theme of "Friends and Family." The top winners in each group will also receive a cooler filled with Leopold's Ice Cream delivered to their homes, and runners-up will receive a $25 Leopold's Ice Cream gift certificate.