Correction: Due to incorrect information from the William Saroyan Society, the name of first-grader Sofia Kalmbach was misspelled as Kabback.
The winners of the 29th annual William Saroyan Story Writing Contest will be recognized in an awards ceremony Thursday at Fresno's Woodward Park Regional Library, the William Saroyan Society said.
Students from first grade through college, and students with special needs, could participate in the competition and 437 stories were submitted for this year's theme, "My Best Friends." The first, second and third place finishers for each of the six categories receive cash prizes.
The William Saroyan Society sponsored the competition with the Fresno County Public Library and the Fresno County Office of Education.
The winners, from first place through third place, for each category are:
Second grade: First place, Nicole Chien from Fresno Christian School, for "Friends Forever"; second, Wendell Durant from Manchester GATE in Fresno, for "Running With Wyatt"; third, and Sofia Kalmbach from Mountain View Elementary in Clovis wrote "My Best Friend."
Third and fourth grade: Catherine Gleason, fourth grade, from Our Lady of Perpetual Hope in Clovis, for "A Surprise Best Friend"; Alyssa Criado, fourth grade, from Sun Empire Elementary in Kerman, untitled; and Hannah Pawig, fourth grade, from Freedom Elementary in Clovis, for "My Best Friend."
Fifth and sixth grade: Grace Fausone, sixth grade, from O'Neals Digital Middle School in O'Neals, for "Cake Mistake"; Steven Garcia, fifth grade, from John C. Martinez Elementary in Parlier, for "My Best Friend"; and Anna Barner, sixth grade, from Valley Oak Elementary in Clovis, for "My Amazing Friend".
Seventh through ninth grade: Katherine Coleman, eighth grade, from California Virtual Academy, for "Making Allowances"; Sally Jo, ninth grade, from Horace Mann School in Alpine, N.J., for "A Shoulder to Sleep On"; and Chinenye Agina, seventh grade, from Washington Academic Middle School in Sanger, for "My Best Friend".
Grades 10 through 12: Laure Meyers, 11th grade, from Buchanan High School in Clovis, for "Chasing Fairy Tales With Daddy"; Kaylynne Hooper, 11th grade, from Buchanan High School in Clovis for "The Ways I Love My Best Friend"; and Patrick Enriquez, 12th grade, from Tulare Western High School in Tulare, for "Friends".
College students: Madison Jones from Fresno City College, for "My Best Friend"; and Andrea Chavez from California State University, Fresno. No third place award was given.
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