Two students from Carroll County Public Schools were state level winners in the Young Authors’ Contest sponsored by the State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA). Adrienne Kurlander, a 2nd grade student at Spring Garden Elementary School, won for her poem entitled Where I’m From. Dakota May, a 4th grader at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, won for a poem entitled Fire.

SoMLA sponsors this annual writing contest for students in grades 2 through 12 at the local and state levels. Students entering the contest have an opportunity to submit an original poem or short story.

Local contest judges, comprised of English Language Arts Specialists and Supervisors, use a common writing rubric to choose a short story and poetry winner for each grade level. Entries are judged for their ideas and development, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, presentation, and conventions.

Click here for a list of the county winners.

All of the county winners are automatically submitted to SoMLA to be judged at the state level. Student winners from all counties in Maryland are judged by the State Judging Committee following the same rubric used at the local level.

The winning entries from the state level are compiled and published in an anthology for student winners. The student winners, their parents, and their teachers will attend the Young Authors’ Reception on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Delta Hotels by Marriott in Hunt Valley. They will receive awards and have an opportunity to hear and learn from Duane Abel, a cartoonist, playwright, director, and public speaker.

SoMLA is the leading literacy organization in the state of Maryland comprised of over 1,500 members in 17 active local chapters (16 representing all counties in Maryland and one student chapter at a university). Membership in SoMLA includes teachers, administrators, instructional assistants, university professors, college students, parents, and other community members. SoMLA is an affiliate of the International Literacy Association.



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