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19th Annual Writer's Eye Winners Announced; U.Va Art Museum To Honor Winners At A Ceremony And Reception In February

   
 

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December 21, 2005 -- The University of Virginia Art Museum is proud to announce the winners of this year's Writer's Eye competition. This annual program, presented by the docents of the museum, invites youth in grades 3-12, university students and adults to submit original prose and poetry compositions inspired by selected works of art.

This year, the docents gave Writer's Eye tours to 1,350 students; 860 entries were received. Among the 21 artworks selected for the competition were paintings and furniture in the special exhibition "A Jeffersonian Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts" and works in the permanent collection, including Frank Stella's "Jerdon's Courser" and the sculpture "Ben" by Sean Henry.

The entries are judged blind (entries are given numbers and no information regarding the author, school or teacher is available to the judges); prizes are awarded; and an anthology with the winning first-, second- and third-place winners is published. This year's anthology was made possible with a generous anonymous gift. First-place winners receive $100, a museum membership and a complimentary anthology of winning entries. Second-place winners receive a gift certificate to a local bookstore, museum membership and the anthology. Third-place will receive a complementary anthology.

The museum will honor the winners at a ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. in Campbell Hall followed by a reception in the museum.

The following judges devoted their time and expertise to this year's competition.

Grades 3-5: Prose judges Janis Jaquith, Laura Parsons and Susie Langenkamp; and poetry judges Susan Washko, Nura Yingling and Gerri Kruger.

Grades 6-8: Prose judges Mark Collins, Wendy Porter and Thomas Davidson; and poetry judges Michelle Kellerman, Parke Muth and Heather Burns.

Lynn Siemons served as the pre-reader for grades 9-12.

Judges of the high school and university/adult entries were Sydney Blair, associate professor of creative writing at U.Va. (prose), and Stephen Margulies, museum volunteer curator, poet and artist (poetry).

Poetry, Grades 3-5 Winners
First Place: Emily Kingsley, Murray Elementary (Ms. Taylor, teacher)
Second Place: Buddy Anderson, Stony Point (S. Faith, teacher)
Third Place:  Gordon Knapp, Brownsville Elementary (Ms. Amberly, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Eleanor Myer-Sessoms, Clark Elementary (Ms. Blount) and Jane Hornsby, Walker Upper Elementary (Ms. Lacy, teacher)

Prose, Grades 3-5 Winners
First Place: Laura Ungar, Peabody School (Ms. Gottschalk, teacher)
Second Place: Rachel Needham, Brownsville Elementary (Mrs. Herring, teacher)
Third Place: Tereasa LaRue, Crozet Elementary (Ms. Hilgartner, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Leah Ruth, Murray Elementary (Mrs. Davis) and Liza Williams, Brownville Elementary (Ms. Hilleary, teacher)

Poetry, Grades 6-8 Winners
First Place: Zoe Ackerman, Buford Middle School (Gail Heard, teacher)
Second Place: A nna Russell, Buford Middle School (Gail Heard, teacher)
Third Place:  Melinda Ashe, Buford Middle School (Gail Heard, teacher) and Claire Wiley, Village School (Proal Heartwell, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Emmy Danforth, Buford Middle School (Gail Heard, teacher)

Prose, Grades 6-8 Winners
First Place: Irene Newman, Buford Middle School (Gail Heard, teacher)
Second Place: Brian Kean, Grymes Memorial School (Dana Bost, teacher)
Third Place:  Annie Heyl, Grymes Memorial School (Dana Bost, teacher) and Rachel Woolworth, Village School (Proal Heartwell, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Ava Lonegan, Grymes Memorial School (Dana Bost, teacher) and Helen Brodde Lamb, Buford Middle School (Ms. Muse, teacher)

Poetry, Grades 9-12 Winners
First Place: Josette Justice, Charlottesville High School (Patricia Vandever, teacher)
Second Place:  Natalie Goldfarb, Charlottesville High School (Patricia Vandever, teacher)
Third Place: Alison Nagel, Monticello High School (Mrs. Denny, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Cat Crumpler, St. Anne's-Belfield (John Noffsinger, teacher)

Prose, Grades 9-12 Winners
First Place:  Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, Charlottesville High School (Mr. Hickerson, teacher)
Second Place:    Paul Wiley, Charlottesville High School (Mr. Hickerson, teacher)
Third Place: Leise Hook, Charlottesville High School (Mr. Hickerson, teacher)
Honorable Mention: Ruffin Evans, Charlottesville High School (Patricia Vandever, teacher)

Poetry, University/Adult Winners
First Place: James Nohrnberg
Second Place: Kathleen O'Brien, University of Virginia
Third Place: Claire Whitenack, University of Virginia

Prose, University/Adult Winners
First Place:  Ricky Werner, University of Virginia
Second Place: Mary Alice Hostetter
Third Place:  Jenny Mead
Honorable Mention: Mary Cassell

 
 
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