SAVANNAH, GA, April 14, 2014 – The results are in! Leopold’s Ice Cream and the Live Oak Public Libraries recently asked Savannah Chatham County students to submit poems celebrating Savannah’s beautiful squares and the results were amazing. Two hundred and fifty poems, 13 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. I am honored to have been able to perform the difficult task of choosing the winners of this year’s challenge.”

And the winners are:

K – 2

Winner: “Springtime in the Square” by Maia Kuehne-Seeber, 8, Savannah Classical Academy


“Savannah Squares” by Madilyn Saxton, 7, Homeschool

“Savannah’s Spectacular Squares” by Corbin Greene, 8, Heard Elementary Academy


3 -5

Winner: “It’s Good in Downtown Savannah” by John Smith, 8, Liberty Christian School


“Savannah’s Parks” by Lydia L. Bradway, 8, Gould Elementary School

“Ordinary Square” by Jacob Andrew Woodcock, 11, Gould Elementary School


6 -8

Winner: “Savannah’s Beautiful Squares” by Chloe Mabry, 14, Ester F. Garrison


“Square” by Sierra Jane McGrath, 12, Ester F. Garrison

“Savannah’s Bright and Beautiful Squares” by Noel Smith, 12, Liberty Christian School

“Stories of Savannah” by Destinee Mason, 13, Ester F. Garrison



Winner: “Savannah Squares” by Amari McDonald, 14, Woodville Thompkins


“My Parents Were Married There” by Julie Hamilton, 14, Savannah Arts Academy

“Savannah Squares” by Allison Rogers, 15, Savannah Arts Academy


All winners and finalists have been invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, April 17th 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 and all participating students will receive a coupon entitling them to a “Buy One Get One Free” scoop.

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.