Essay contest winners named by Hammond Reads Inc.

Winners of the 2013-14 Hammond Reads Essay Contest are recognized at a reception at Morton High School, front row from left, Julianne Silva, Emily Wienke, Hailey Wojtaszek, Abigail Wojtaszek, Emily Lugo, Isiah Dejong, back row, Donna Elliott, Pamela Danko, David Paul Innes and Rebecca Lugo.

HAMMOND | Hammond Reads Inc. recognized the winners of its 13th annual essay contest with a reception at Morton High School. The contest theme was, “If You Were Stranded on a Deserted Island, What Book Would You Want With You, and Why?”

There were 632 entries in 10 categories. The winners, and the books they chose, are:

• First grade: Hailey Wojtaszek, St. Casimir School, “There is No Place Like Space,” by Tish Rabe

• Second grade: Isiah Dejong, Lafayette School, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” by Jeff Kinney

• Third grade: Julianne Silva, Harding School, “Hank Zipzer: Day of the Iguana,” by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

• Fourth grade: Abigail Wojtaszek, St. Casimir School, “A Girl from Schindler’s List,” by Stella Muller Madej

• Fifth grade: Emily Wienke, Lincoln School, “The Girl Scout Survival Guide”

• Sixth grade: Emily Lugo, Clark Middle School, The Bible

• High School: Rebecca Lugo, Clark High School, “Inkspell,” by Cornelia Funke

• Educator: Donna Elliott, “A Wrinkle in Time,” by Madeline L’Engle

• Adult: David Paul Innes, “Inside Gilligan’s Island: A Three-Hour Tour Through the Making of a Television Classic,” by Sherwood Schwartz

• Senior Adult: Pamela Danko, “Ultimate Visual Dictionary,” by DK Publishing; Jo Evans

Hammond Reads Inc. was incorporated in 2002 with a mission to "Build a City of Readers." A volunteer board of directors includes representatives from businesses, schools, or organizations that serve Hammond.

Guidelines for Hammond Reads’ 14th annual Essay Contest will be available in late November. Visit www.hammondreads.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/HammondReads.

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