Winners Announced in the 5th Annual Creative Writing Challenge!



SAVANNAH, GA, April 20, 2015 – The results are in! Leopold’s Ice Cream and the Live Oak Public Libraries recently asked Savannah Chatham County students to submit poems celebrating the rivers of Savannah and the results were amazing. One hundred ninety poems, 12 winners and a lot of Savannah Pride! Stratton Leopold of Leopold’s Ice Cream said of the challenge, “I’m always impressed with the high level of creativity that our Savannah students exhibit in their poetry. Choosing a winner wasn’t easy!There were so many wonderful poems!”

And the winners are:
K – 2
Winner: “I Love the River” by Carson Mosley, 8, Marshpoint Elementary
“Untitled” by Caroline Russell, 5, Homeschool
“Untitled” by Josephine Clark, 8, Marshpoint Elementary

3 -5
Winner: “Moonlight Journey” by Reese Whelen, 11, St. Peter the Apostle School
“The Flow of Water” by Deseray Kinslow, 10, Gould Elementary School
“The Life I Live” by Keyanna Crosby, 11, Thunderbolt Elementary School

6 -8
Winner: “The Blue Crystal” by Tino Pirro, 11, Charles Ellis Montessori School
“Memories Washed Away” by Adam Davis, 13, Ester F. Garrison
“The Glowing River” by Benny Kenney, 12, Ester F. Garrison

Winner: “Maiden of the Sea” by Sarah Gonzalez, 17, First Presbyterian Christian Academy
“Dock” by Andrew Berg, 15, Homeschool
“Home” by Mary Aupperle, 15, Savannah Arts Academy

All winners and finalists have been invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, April 30th 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. Each of the first place winners will receive an ice cream party for their class, finalists will each receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream.
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. Future plans include the creation of similar challenges focused on other academic studies, such as mathematics.
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.