Winners of the 2019 Young Writers Contest!

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 Young Writers Contest!

Writers in grades 3 to 12 who participated in our second annual Young Writers Contest came to Discover Portsmouth to view the exhibition, “New Hampshire Folk Art: By the People, For the People.” Each writer selected a work from the exhibition, spent time with the work and composed a response.

A panel of judges read and evaluated entries based on content, creativity, expression, clarity, quality, and connection to the original artwork.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners. You may click on the links below to read their submissions.

Grades 3-5

Maetta Jagentenfl
WINNER – Maetta Jagentenfl
3rd Grade – Dondero Elementary School

Exhibition selection (above) “Spotted Fawn”, Archie Gilbert (1868–1947). Landaff, N.H., ca. 1932. Carved and painted wood. League of NH Craftsmen
Entry Title –The Five Friends
HONORABLE MENTION – Ella Karp

Grades 6-8

WINNER – Isobel Horowitz
Home School – Age 12 – Grade 7

Exhibition Selection (above) “Dexter” Running Horse Weathervane, America, probably New England, ca. 1875–1900
Copper, cast iron, New London Historical Society
Entry Title – Stolen From the Skies
HONORABLE MENTION – Amelia Chick

Grades 9-12


Grades 9-12
WINNER – Josie Sedam
10th Grade – Portsmouth High School – age 14

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Exhibition Selection (above) Capt. Caleb Currier and Sarah Marden Currier, ca. 1820. William Chamberlain (1790–1860). Paper on black cloth, ink, pencil. Portsmouth Historical Society
Entry Title – The Immortality of Shadows

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