Leopold’s Ice Cream announces the winners of the 2019 Creative Writing Challenge!


 The results are in!  Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries recently asked students in Chatham, Liberty and Effingham counties to submit poems on the theme, 100 Years of Leopold’s Ice Cream, and the results were amazing.  Over 250 poems were received and after much careful consideration, 12 winners have been chosen.  Stratton Leopold, of Leopold’s Ice Cream, said of the challenge, “The talent from our local school children seems to get better and better each year.  This year’s topic was very close to my heart as we prepare to celebrate 100 years of Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah.  I know that my father would be honored by all of the birthday wishes we received from these students.  I am so proud of our amazing young people!”  Each of the first-place winners will receive an ice cream party for their class, 2nd and 3rd place finalists will each receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream.  And the winners are:

K – 2

Winner: “Happy 100” by Amari Copeland, 6, Frank Long Elementary


“A Sweet Century” by Theo Cohen, 7, Susie King Taylor Community School

“I Love to Dream” by Paisey Thompson, 7, St. Andrews School

3 – 5

Winner: “Untitled” by Emma Claire Villa, 8, Susie King Taylor Community School


“100 Years of Leopold’s” by Jamison Buners, 11, Button Gwinnett Elementary

“100 Years of Leopold’s” by Alexander James (AJ) Rahal, 10, St. James Catholic School

6 – 8

Winner: “Untitled” by Payton Tanner, 12, Godley Station School


“A Century of Sweetness” by Jessica E. Hogg, 13, Homeschool

“Leopold’s Poem” by Scarlett Jackson, 11, Coastal Middle School

9 – 12

Winner: “Classic Lines are Worth the Wait” by Krystell Sanchez Romero, 16, Sol C Johnson High School


“My Dream” by Keyshawn McCoy, 15, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School

“Untitled” by Nia Johnson, 16, Islands High School

All winners and finalists have been invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, March 14th at 2pm in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall.  This meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.  Savannah Government Television Channel 8 broadcasts Council Meetings live at 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Same-day replay of the meeting is at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Stratton & Mary Leopold, longtime advocates of literacy and fostering creative energy in our youth, have hosted the annual competition, in conjunction with the Live Oak Public Libraries, since 2011.

Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three brothers from Greece.  Peter, Basil and George passed their tradition of making super premium ice cream in the shop, one batch at a time down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton.  Stratton and his wife Mary own and operate Leopold’s today.  Their commitment to arts and education in the community is second only to their commitment to creating the highest quality ice cream possible in a fun, family environment.

Live Oak Public Libraries is a system of 16 libraries and one bookmobile providing programs and services in Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty Counties. Their mission is to provide excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning and build and enhance their communities.