Milpitas, CA (October 26) — Mayor Jose Esteves awarded 10 kindle fires to student winners of the just concluded on-the-spot writing contest held at the Milpitas Library Auditorium over the weekend. A total of 200 students from private and public schools participated in the first-ever city-wide impromptu writing contest.
Esteves, assisted by Council member Althea Polanski, handed individual certificates of recognition and kindle fires to each of the winners in the three categories. “Congratulations to the winners and for all the contestants. All of you are winners, actually, for having accepted the challenge of writing on-the-spot,” Esteves said.
The winners are, for the 1st category (grades 4 – 6), Serena Chen, Homeschooler; Cindy Ma, Curtner Elementary School; Connor Lingle, Randall Elementary School; and Addison Rankin, John Sinnott Elementary School.
The 2nd category winners (grades 7 – 8) are Jeanna Sheen, Challenger Middle School; Kaelan Tan, Thomas Russell Middle School; Kareem Bailey, Thomas Russell; Andrew Erevia, Thomas Russell; and Genesie Quiliza-Castellano, Thomas Russell Middle School.
Gary Le from Milpitas High School won the 3rd category (grades 9 – 12).
The members of the board of judges include Library Commissioner Margie Stephens, former LAC Chair Marilyn Hay, Metro Ed School District Superintendent Paul Hay, City Councilmember Althea Polanski, LAC vice chair Carmen Montano, Steve Munzel, Becky Straus, Mandy Llamas, Nonie McDonald, Information Officer Lito Roldan, Language Arts Teacher Denis Marks, and Library Commissioner Hellie Mateo.
Library Commission Chair Elpidio R. Estioko, Commissioner Yulan Chu, and Vice Chair Montano coordinated the judging and the members of the subcommittee on essay writing contest were Commissioners Ha Phan, Yulan Chu, and Sonny Wang.
Commissioner Trining Aoalin helped in the registration together with Friends of the Milpitas Library Catherine Pelizzari and volunteer MinhAn Nguyen. Photo coverage was done by volunteer Churchill Leung and the library staff who helped coordinate the contest were City Librarian Linda Arbaugh, Melanie McInerey and Karen Armendarez, library staff members.
The students were given an hour to write their manuscripts in response to separate prompts in each category about the library. The judges were also given an hour to simultaneously select the winners in the three categories. Awarding of prizes to the winners immediately followed after the judging.
The 2nd annual essay writing contest was sponsored by the Milpitas Library Advisory Commission (LAC) and the Milpitas Public Library. Prizes were funded by the city council.