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Six NKY Students Recognized in KET Writing Contest

KET announced the winners of its 2019 Young Writers Contest and several are from Northern Kentucky.

The annual contest encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through twelfth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry.

This year, KET received more than 1,300 submissions from across Kentucky as well as 22 other states and five countries, including New Zealand, India, and Nigeria.

“We were so impressed by the talented student authors and artists who submitted their work this year. We congratulate all the winners, as well as the parents and teachers who have supported them,” said Tonya Crum, KET’s senior director of education.

The winners and finalists from Northern Kentucky are listed below. Full versions of the winning K-3rd grade illustrated stories, 4th-5th grade short stories, and 6th-12th grade poetry entries will be available online at

First Grade

2nd place: 

Sam Schaeffer, Burlington, Villa Madonna Academy, "Sam and the Zombies" 

Third Grade


Clare Herfel, Ft. Thomas, St. Catherine of Siena

Kolbey Kohrs, Ft. Thomas, St. Catherine of Siena

Sixth Grade


Grace Hedger, Cold Spring, Campbell County Middle School

High School Form Poetry


Lauren Arnold, Burlington, Conner High School

High School Free Verse Poetry


Nicholas Yungbluth, Wilder, Campbell County High School

-Staff report