The William Saroyan Society has announced the winners of the 30th annual William Saroyan Story Writing Contest, who will be recognized at a ceremony Thursday at the Woodward Park Regional Library.
This year's theme was "My Most Memorable Moment," and more than 350 entries were received from Valley students in first grade up to college, including those with special needs.
First, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize.The contest was sponsored by the William Saroyan Society, the Fresno County Public Library and the Fresno County Office of Education.
The ceremony will be at 5 p.m. beginning with refreshments.
The winners in each category, from first place through third place, with their school and their entry, are:
First and second grades: Isabella Gray, second grade, River Bluff Elementary, Central Unified, "My Greatest Moment"; Sayuri Evans, first grade, Washington Colony Elementary, "The Greatest Moment of My Life"; Matthew Sayer, second grade, Liberty Elementary, Kerman Unified, "My Greatest Moment."
Third and fourth grade: Lupin Amstutz, fourth grade, El Portal Elementary, El Portal, "A Memorable Moment of My Life"; Krista Gonzalez, fourth grade, Red Bank Elementary, Clovis Unified, "A Day at Grandpa Joe's Farm"; Lilly Llanos, fourth grade, Central Valley Home School, Kingsburg, "Learning to Dive."
Fifth and sixth grades: Sara Rachel Beberian, sixth grade, Charlie Kayan Armenian Community School, Clovis, "Jerusalem"; Gabriela Mendoza, sixth grade, Norseman Elementary, Fresno Unified, "Greatest Moment"; Rubi Anne Rodriguez, sixth grade, John L. Martinez Elementary School, Parlier Unified, "My Greatest Moment."
Seventh through ninth grades: Kayli Jankowski, eighth grade, Alta Sierra Middle School, Clovis Unified, "Liz Giordano, A Lifesaving Woman"; Kristine Cortez, eighth grade, Alta Sierra Middle School, Clovis Unified, "My Greatest Moment"; Chinenye Agina, eighth grade, Washington Academic Middle School, Sanger Unified, "My Greatest Moment."
Grades 10 through 12: Derek Zhang, 10th grade, Buchanan High School, Clovis Unified, "On the Importance of Slow Practicing"; Eduardo Lopez, 12th grade, Endeavor Secondary School, Madera, "My Greatest Moment"; Sarah Barnett, 12th grade, Buchanan High School, Clovis Unified, "What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?"
College: Geil Merana, Fresno State, "The Day I Realized My Calling"; Gabriela Belen Gomez, Bakersfield College, "Out of the Dark, Into the Light"; Sarah Jakhar Miller, National University, Fresno, "My Greatest Moment."