Berlin, MD – The Eastern Shore Literacy Association (ESLA) announced 19 Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) students earned finalist status in the Young Authors Contest for poetry or short story. According to ESLA Young Authors’ Contest Chair, Dr. Brian Cook, there were over 300 entries from 19 area schools, both public and private. Each finalist finished in the top three of their respective category/grade levels.
2023 ELSA Young Authors’ finalists from WPS:
Grade 1, Short Story – Vincent Fasano
Grade 2, Poetry –Isla Pippin
Grade 3, Poetry –Charlize Damouni
Grade 4, Poetry –Serena Jaoude
Grade 4, Short Story –Eli Parker and Sloane Smith
Grade 5, Poetry –Lea Jaoude
Grade 6, Poetry – Kristie Carr
Grade 7, Poetry –Vivien Ruggerio
Grade 7, Short Story –Paul Kraeuter and Scarlett Shimko
Grade 8, Short Story –Mia Jaoude and Lara Owens
Grade 9, Poetry – Jude Damouni and Tyler Netting
Grade 10, Short Story –Jayden Scopp and Allen Zhang
Grade 11, Short Story –Dylan McGovern
Grade 12, Poetry –Jett Odachowski
ESLA is a non-profit organization that supports Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties with the purpose of promoting a literate society by bringing together a network of people dedicated to sharing knowledge and information about literacy through programs and services. ESLA is an affiliate of the State of Maryland Literacy Association (SoMLA), a leading literacy organization in Maryland comprised of over 1,500 members in 17 active chapters.
Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.