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2019 Leopold's Creative Writing Challenge

Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries partnered to host the 9th Annual Leopold’s Ice Cream Creative Writing Challenge.

The results are in! We recently asked students in Chatham, Liberty and Effingham counties to submit poems on the theme, "100 Years of Leopold’s Ice Cream".

More than 250 poems were received and after careful consideration, 12 winners were chosen. Each of the 1st winners receive an ice cream party for their class while 2nd and 3rd place finalists receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream. And the winners are:

K – 2

Winner: “Happy 100” by Amari Copeland, 6, Frank Long Elementary

“A Sweet Century” by Theo Cohen, 7, Susie King Taylor Community School
“I Love to Dream” by Paisey Thompson, 7, St. Andrews School

3 – 5

Winner: “Untitled” by Emma Claire Villa, 8, Susie King Taylor Community School

Finalists: “100 Years of Leopold’s” by Jamison Buners, 11, Button Gwinnett Elementary
“100 Years of Leopold’s” by Alexander James (AJ) Rahal, 10, St. James Catholic School

6 – 8

Winner: “Untitled” by Payton Tanner, 12, Godley Station School

Finalists: “A Century of Sweetness” by Jessica E. Hogg, 13, Homeschool
“Leopold’s Poem” by Scarlett Jackson, 11, Coastal Middle School

9 – 12

Winner: “Classic Lines are Worth the Wait” by Krystell Sanchez Romero, 16, Sol C Johnson High School

Finalists: “My Dream” by Keyshawn McCoy, 15, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School
“Untitled” by Nia Johnson, 16, Islands High School

All winners and finalists have been invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, March 14th 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.

Stratton & Mary Leopold, longtime advocates of literacy and fostering creative energy in our youth, have hosted the annual competition since 2011. The contest has proven to be a huge success with hundreds of entries each year.

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, 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.