Winners

La Plume 2017

Grand Prizes:
$150 for Elementary
$250 for Middle School
$350 for High School

and the manuscript published for all the Grand Prizes

To all the winners and finalists: Creative Writing Workshops on February 13, March 13 and April 10, 2018.

Other cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places
From the Bookstore: Books, Gift Certificates

Workshop La Plume MS  Workshop MS  La Plume HS Workshop La Plume HS

Some of the winners with the author Laurie B. Friedman who is conducting the creative writing workshops.

WINNERS

2017

We THANK everyone who submitted stories. And CONGRATULATIONS to the young writers listed below who were selected by our judges as outstanding in each level.
The Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 2nd at 5PM at the Miami Conservatory of Music Hall (directions here). We require for the Grand Prize winners to be present that day, same for ALL the winners and finalists. All the other contestants are welcome as well. It is a free event, so bring your family and friends to the celebration.

GRAND PRIZE

ELEMENTARY
Valeria MOLEANuts & Berries – was in 4th grade at MCA academy

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Anna Gabriella OSWALDThe Sky’s Blessing – was in 7th grade at George  Washington Carver Middle School

HIGH SCHOOL
Bianca SPROULFinding Pollen – was in 11th grade at Carollton School of the Sacred Heart

FIRST PLACE

ELEMENTARY
Ian Quinlan FOX - An Unusual Summer Tradition – was in 5th grade at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mia PEHLIVANLARLife as Such – was in 7th grade at George Washington Carver Middle School

HIGH SCHOOL
Nicole NIXONA Whole New World – was in 10th grade at Gulliver Preparatory School

SECOND PLACE

ELEMENTARY
Giulia TROIATwo Apricots and a Raspberry – was in 3rd grade at St. Agnes Academy

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Lucia MOGLIAWhat I Didn’t Know – was in 6th grade at George Washington Carver Middle School

HIGH SCHOOL
Alexandra GONGLEWSKIThree in a Boat – was in 10th grade in Palmetto High School

THIRD PLACE

ELEMENTARY
Garrett Dillon FOXThe Most Unusual Sailing Race Ever - was 3rd grade in St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School

MIDDLE SCHOOL – Two winners
Lucia Rose DAHNCascadia – was 6th grade at Gulliver Academy

Ava MILES - A Girl Forgotten - was 7th grade at Palmer Trinity School

HIGH SCHOOL
Alejandra ALMADAThe Chronic Romantic – was 10th grade at MAST Academy

HONORARY FINALIST RECOGNITION

ELEMENTARY
Zeynep AKCANSunk – was 4th grade at Coral Gables Preparatory Academy

Florencia NIETOImagination – was 3rf grade at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School

Edgard PADIERNEThe Shadow – was 3rd grade at Sunset Elementary School

Erman SAMILGILMy Vacation to Marmaris – was in 3rd grade at Henry S. West Lab

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Paulina ALMADA – Lullaby for a Princess – was in 7th grade at George Washington Carver Middle School

Andrea ALTAMIRANOThe Unsolved Mystery of Westport – was in 8th grade at St. Hugh Catholic School

Megan MAGUIREFinding Time – was in 7th grade at Palmer Trinity School

Conor MOOREThe Voyage – was in 7th grade at MCA academy

Sofia PORTALA Series of Love – was in 7th grade at George Washington Carver Middle School

Mena WILLIAMSThe Labyrinth Treatment – was 8th grade at Ponce de Leon Middle School

HIGH SCHOOL
Fernanda ALTAMIRANOOn the Brink(s) – was in 10th grade at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy

PAST WINNERS

2016

GRAND PRIZE

Ellie Saves The Zoo cover   ELEMENTARY  
Madelyn Grace ALTHAGEEllie Saves the Zoo - was in 3rd grade at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart

 

The Edge cover   MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mia PEHLIVANLAR - The Edge - was in 6th grade at G.W. Carver Middle School

 

I Appreciate Negative Space cover   HIGH SCHOOL 
Alex GONGLEWSKII Appreciate Negative Space - was in 9th grade at Palmetto Senior High School

 

FIRST PLACE
ELEMENTARY  
Logan SHAPIROHow Hurricanes Came To Be - was in 4th grade at Pinecrest Elementary
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Megan MAGUIREHearing Colors - was in 6th grade at Palmer Trinity School
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Nicole NIXONSnow White After Ever After - was in 9th grade at Gulliver Preparatory School

 

SECOND PLACE
ELEMENTARY  
Valeria MOLEAA Long, Long, Way - was in 3rd grade at MCA academy
Eda TEOMETEThe Adventure of Milly The Mouse – was in 5th grade at Riviera Day School

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Ines CORRALWhen Time Stops - was in 6th grade at Ransom Everglades School

 

HIGH SCHOOL
Bianca SPROULChess - was in 10th grade at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
 
THIRD PLACE
ELEMENTARY  
Maia YEOMANSONThe Magical Tortoise - was in 4th grade at Coconut Grove Montessori School
MIDDLE SCHOOL
Rithm Noel ALVAREZSon Rise - was in 6th grade at South Miami Middle School
HIGH SCHOOL
Margaret “Lucy” FARRELLMonday is Cancer - was in 10th grade at New World School of the Arts

Jordan WONGBreakout –  was in 10th grade at Ransom Everglades School

SPECIAL FINALIST RECOGNITION
ELEMENTARY
Camila HUCKThe Hidden Door - was in 3rd grade at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Paulina RODRIGUEZJust Another Day at the Library - was in 3rd grade at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Ian FOXSuper Glasses -  was in 4th grade at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
Camille LUGOThe Diamonds of Wonders - was in 4th grade at Sunset Elementary School
Mariel RAMIREZHow the Moon Became to Be - was in 4th grade at Key Biscayne K-8 Center
April KELLYInvisible - was in 5th grade at Henry S. West Laboratory School
Lucia MOGLIAThe Loaf of Bread - was in 5th grade at Henry S. West Laboratory School

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL
Paulina ALMADAThe Wondrous Tale of the Dreamcatcher - was in 6th grade at Carver Middle School
Andrea ALTAMIRANOA Time Travel Mishap - was in 6th grade at St. Hugh Catholic School
Tristan RIOTTIRex - was 6th grade at MCA academy
Guy LESSEURGhost Blood - was 7th grade at MCA academy

 

HIGH SCHOOL
Jamal FULLER - Faces in the Wind - was in 10th grade at Coral Gables Senior High School
Valeria VELAHaunted - was in 10th grade at Ransom Everglades School

 

2015

GRAND PRIZE
K-K-K-K-Katie Cover  Megan Maguire
 (was 5th Grade) “K-K-K-K-Katie”
from St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School. Teacher: Ms. Elyzabeth Schaul,                                         and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Half Cover  Elizabeth Wooster (was 6th grade) “Half”                                                                                         from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. English teacher: Ms. Lisette Ruiz.

Horror of our Love Cover  Isis Arguello (was 11th grade) “The Horror of Our Love”                                                                    from Mater Academy. English teacher: Ms. Perry Lantz.

Congratulations to Isis who expanded her story and has now her new book published and sold at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.

FIRST PLACE                                                                                                                                         Two winners in Elementary

Camilo Garrido (was 5th grade)  “Opawesome”
from Coral Gables Preparatory Academy. Teacher: Ms. Laura Payne.

Tristan Riotti (was 5th grade) “Maximum Time Travel”                                                                     from MCA academy. Teacher:  Ms. Lara Jonasson,                                                                                 and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Anna de la O (was 8th grade) “Names and Faces”
from G. W. Carver Middle School. English teacher: Mr. Richard Hudson.

Ryan Guillen  (was 10th grade) “Empty Handed”
from Ransom Everglades School. English teacher: Dr. Kathryn Bufkin.

SECOND PLACE
Eda Teomete
(was 4th grade) “Cave Family Adventures”
from Coconut Grove Montessori. Teacher: Ms. Yvonne Yeomanson,

Ariadna Gonzalez (was 7th grade) “Alphabet Soup”
from Aventura City of Excellence School. English teacher: Ms. Stacy Mogul.

Rebecca de la O (was 11th grade) “Elysian”
from Coral Gables High School. English teacher: Mr. Preston Payne.

THIRD PLACE
Lucas Carvahlo  (was 4th grade) “An Unforgettable Hero”
from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School. Teacher: Ms. Eleni Gracés.

Sidny Hall  (was 6th grade) “Stella the Super Spy”
from MCA academy. English teacher: Ms. Christina Lantigua,                                                           and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Two winners in High School

Eric Cai  (was 10th grade)  “Count”
from Ransom Everglades School. English teacher: Dr. Kathryn Bufkin.

Tomer Zilbershtein  (was 11th grade)  “The Silence of Words”
from Mast Academy. English teacher: Mr. Jared Lutz.

HONORARY AWARD FINALISTS

ELEMENTARY

Emma Arnhols (was 4th grade)  “Golden Wing”
from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School. Teacher: Ms. Eleni Garcés.

Zoe Katsoufis (was 3rd grade)  “Camp UOTS”
from Alexander Montessori School. Teacher: Mrs. Carlson,                                                                   and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Graciela León (was 4th grade)  “In Black and White”
from Coconut Grove Montessori. Teacher: Ms. Yvonne Yeomanson,                                                     and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Nicole Rodriguez (was 5th grade)  “Merriwaka Magic”
from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School. Teacher: Ms. Jennie Webster.

Defne Samilgil (was 4th grade)  “Strong in the Heart”
from Miami Conservatory of Music.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Sophia Medina (was 6th grade)  “Pathomirror”
from Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy.

Mena Williams (was 6th grade)  “Not a Normal Summer Break”
from Ponce de Leon Middle School.

HIGH SCHOOL

Laila Elmottalib (was 10th grade)  “The End”
from Mast@FIU. English teacher: Ms. Michelle Reyes.

Valeria Lopez-Trujillo (was 9th grade)  “First Impressions”
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. English teacher: Mrs. Lourdes Eschmann,

Bianca Sproul (was 9th grade)  “A Sky in the Fence”
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. English teacher: Ms. Ines Stojsic.

CREATIVITY AWARD

Isabella Leiser (was 4th grade) “Puppy Love”                                                                                      from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School and from Miami Conservatory of Music.  

2014

GRAND PRIZE
Graciela Leon's cover - The Lucky One -  Graciela León
 (was 3rd Grade) The Lucky One
from Coconut Grove Montessori. Teacher: Ms. Yvonne Yeomanson,                                                   and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

IMG_2119  A Blank Canvas  Quinn Harrelson (was 7th Grade) A Blank Canvas
from Ransom Everglades School. English Teacher: Mr. Charlie Housiaux.

IMG_2117  Woven  Katherine Cohen (was 9th Grade) “Woven
from Gulliver Preparatory High School. English Teacher: Ms. Inelissa Artzt.

FIRST PLACE
Martin Jaramillo
 (was 4th grade)  One Man’s Rebellion
from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School. Teacher: Mrs. Eleni Garcés.

Valeria Lopez-Trujillo (was 8th grade) Things That Matter
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. English teacher: Ms. Shaune Scott, and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Two winners in High School

Eric Yinwei Cai  (was 9th grade) Misunderstanding
from Ransom Everglades School. English teacher: Mrs. Corinne Rhyner.

Ilana Reiser  (was 9th grade) The Tale Of Evadne And Amaris
from MCA academy. English teacher: Alyse Aquino.

SECOND PLACE
Tristan Riotti
(was 4th grade) Buzzer And The Cosmic Cube
from MCA academy. Teacher: Ms. Lara Jonasson, and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Margaret Lucy Farrell (was 8th grade) Whatever It Takes: Thoughts On Life On A Downtown Bound Train
from George Washington Carver School. English teacher: Mr. Patrick Redmond.

Cami Carballo (was 11th grade) Taking Flight
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. English teacher: Ms. Mary Baker.

THIRD PLACE
Andrea Altamirano  (was 4th grade) “The City Of Dinosaurs”
from St. Hugh Catholic School. English teacher: Mrs. Maria Muñoz-Bustamante.

Alison Zanarini  (was 6th grade) “Moonstone”
from Ransom Everglades School. English teacher: Mrs. Jody Salzinger.

Two winners in High School

Ryan Guillen  (was 9th grade)  “Everyone Hates The Carnival”
from Ransom Everglades School. English teacher: Ms. Melissa Halsey.

Amanda McKenna  (was 9th grade)  From Stores To Sheep
from Academy of Arts & Minds. English teacher: Ms. Rodriguez.

HONORARY

Elizabeth Wooster (was 5th grade)  The Rainbow Fairies
from Carrollton School Of The Sacred Heart. Teacher: Ms. Jessica Lampl.

Lauren Zanarini (was 4th grade)  The Wonderful World Of Drawing
from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School. Teacher: Mrs. Eleni Garcés and from Miami Conservatory of Music.

Jacob Sinclair (was 6th grade)  The Dark Ages
from MCA academy. English teacher: Ms. Christina Lantigua.

Stephanie Bailey (was 8th grade)  The Dubious Wheel of Fortune
from MCA academy. English teacher: Mrs. Elyssa Perez.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTARY FINALISTS:

Emma Beharry, Victoria Dahr, Amanda Harris, Isabella Leiser, Leonidas Reimer, Melina Schein, Eleanor Thorman, and Cameron Lindsey (now in Middle School). 

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2013

GRAND PRIZE
IMG_2125  When The Animals  Emma Beharry
  (was 3rd Grade) “When The Animals Could Talk”
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Ms. Julia Connett

IMG_2123  Silence's Sound  Katherine Cohen (was 8th Grade) “Silence’s Sound”
from Carver Middle School,  Mr. Patrick Redmond

IMG_2121  I Remember  Hannah Junco (was 12th Grade) “I Remember”
homeschooled

FIRST PLACE
Madison Forrest
(was 3rd grade)  “How Mustaches Were Brought To Humans”
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Ms. Julia Connett

Ryan Guillen  (was 8th grade) “Rottweilers, Stop Signs and Handcuffs”
from Ransom Everglades School,  Ms. Weiss

Two winners in High School

Iona Hennessy  (was 9th grade) “Glass”
from Coral Gables Senior High School,  Ms. Vidal

Sarah Lipshultz  (was 10th grade) “What Would You Do If You Knew You Could not Fail?”
from Palmer Trinity,  Ms. Catie Cunning

SECOND PLACE
Sidny Sigurlin-Hall
(was 3rd grade) “A Flash Into The Future”
from Ludlam Elementary, Ms. Joan Levine

Fernanda Altamirano (was 6th grade) “The Calling Within A Dream”
from St. Hugh School,  Mr. Lazaro Suarez

Tori Lutz (was 11th grade) “Picture Perfect”
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Ms. Lyana Azan

THIRD PLACE
Andrea Altamirano  (was 3rd grade) “The Legend Of The Dark Side Of The Moon”
from St. Hugh School,  Ms. Gail Gomez

Noa Lesche  (was 6th grade) “The World Seen”
from Carver Middle School,  Ms. Emily Wilson

Camila Carballo  (was 10th grade)  “The Final Mission”
from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Ms. Lyana Azan

SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO THE OTHER FINALISTS

Elementary: Audrey Harrelson, Emily Lawrence, Kiana Perez-Ulivi, Adriana Tarridas, Eleonor Thorman and Shelby Wooster

Middle: Stephanie Bailey, Alexander Behar, Lucie Farrell, Quinn Harrelson, Madeleine Jolie and Amanda Monteiro

High School: Madison Navas-Curson

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2012

GRAND PRIZE
Slow Po's  Sophia Capote
  (3rd Grade) “Slow-po’s Story”
from ST. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School, Ms. Molly Brown

Hope Amongst Ashes  Katherine Cohen (8th Grade) “Hope Amongst Ashes”
from Carver Middle School,  Mr. Patrick Redmond

Restless  Tori Lutz (11th Grade) “Restless”
from Carrollton School,  Ms. Mary Ann Baker

FIRST PLACE
Adriana Tarridas
(5th grade)  “The Unexpected”
from Sunset Elementary, Mr. Juan Carlos Arana

Quinn Harrelson  (6th grade) “Alexander’s Healing Plant”
from Ransom Everglades School,  Mrs. Judy Salzinger

Melanie Monteiro  (10th grade) “2112″
from Immaculata-La Salle High School ,  Ms. Wilson

SECOND PLACE
Cameron Lindsey
(4th grade) “A Bed Time Story About Shape-Shifters”
from St. Phillip’s Episcopal School, Ms. Bird and Ms. de la Fuente

Margaret Lucy Farrell (7th grade) “The Great Imagination Of Kaz”
from Carver Middle School,  Ms. Jacqueline Pinilla

Matthew Zayas – Bazán (9th grade) “The Year 2112 Predicted”
was from Carver Middle School,  Mr. Patrick Redmond, entered Coral Reef, Mrs. Padmore

THIRD PLACE
Mena Williams
  (5th grade) “The Black Sparrow”
from Coconut Grove Elementary,  Ms. Nancy Marmesh

Eric Cai  (8th grade) “Viper Society”
from Ransom Everglades School,  Mrs. Judy Salzinger

Lia Williams  (12th grade)  “A Better Future”
from MCA academy,  Ms. Elyssa Perez

HONORARY AWARD
Gabriella Dotres
 (5th Grade) “Mickey Blue: The Day He Pranked Lawyer Blue”
from MCA academy,  Mrs. Lara Jonasson

2011

GRAND PRIZE
The Talking Furniture  Massimo TARRIDAS
  (6th Grade) “The Talking Furniture”
from Sunset Elementary,  Mr. Juan Carlos Arana, Current: Carver Middle School, Ms. Elynn Gayol

FIRST PLACE
Margaret Lucy FARRELL
 (6th grade) “A Mixed Up Fairy Tale”
from St. Hugh Catholic School, Mrs. Maria Munoz – Bustamante

Ryan GUILLEN   (7th grade) “The Shady Man”
from Ransom Everglades School,  Mrs. Judy Salzinger

Max CARVAJAL  (8th grade) “Strange Visitor”
from Carver Middle School,  Ms. Emily Wilson

SECOND PLACE
Stephanie BAILEY
  (6th grade) “The Adventure Of Milly”
from MCA Academy, Ms. Lara Jonasson

Annie FARRELL (7th grade) “Hall Of Mirrors”
from Carver Middle School,  Mr. Jason Jones

Maximiliam KONCZA ODDONE  (8th grade) “Reawakening”
from Carver Middle School,  Ms. Emily Wilson

THIRD PLACE
Sofia  ANTUNES SIEDEL 
(6th grade) “For Sale”
from Sunset Elementary,  Ms. Liliana Piedra

Ashley LEMUS   (7th grade) “Isis”
from Carver Middle School,  Ms. Emily Wilson

Sarah LIPSHULTZ  (8th grade)  “The Unexpected Ending”
from McGlannan School,  Ms. Suarez

HONORARY AWARDS
Eric CAI
 (7th Grade) “Mind Tricks”
from Ransom Everglades School,  Mrs. Judy Salzinger

Thomas DE MAISONNEUVE (8th Grade)  “A Birthday Wish”
from Carver Middle School,  Ms. Emily Wilson