The Clallam County Literacy Council announced the winners of its writing contest for area youths.
Fourteen-year-old Allison Broadwell and 10-year-old Chloe Dunn, both of Port Angeles, won in their age brackets and received Amazon Fire tablets for their efforts.
Choosing from one of three prompts, Broadwell answered the question, “The best thing I have ever read was …” with, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light,” from the third Harry Potter book “The Prisoner Azkaban.”
Dunn answered the question, “Because I am learning to read better, I will be able to …” with, “Get a good job, open a new world every time I read, use my imagination, and envision myself as one of the characters in the book.”
The contest was open to children ages 6-18.
“Their entries were chosen because of the thoroughness with which they answered the question, and because their heart and personality came through very clearly,” Literacy Council chair Philomena Lund.
Participants weren’t judged on spelling, handwriting or sentence structure.
Members of the Literacy Council created the contest with multiple goals: to help children dream and look forward during hard times, provide them an active project, remind them that the community supports and cares for their education, bring an awareness to the need for literacy in the county, and more.
Lund said there will be future writing contests planned with the Clallam County Literacy Council through United Way of Clallam County.
If interested in joining the council, call United Way at 360-457-3011. Meetings will be held via Zoom for the foreseeable future.