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“I Love Costa Rica’s Rainforest!” Contest Winners

Debbie Glade is a regular contributor here at Good Reads With Ronna. I’m happy to share the following info with you about the contest I helped judge for Smart Poodle Publishing.

Smart Poodle Publishing Announces The “I Love Costa Rica’s Rainforest!” Contest Winners

Smart Poodle Publishing, publishers of the children’s book and CD, The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica (978-0-9800307-9-2) announced the winners of its national “I Love Costa Rica’s Rainforest!” Writing and Art Contest for Children. 176 entries were received from children in grades kindergarten through 5. Students were asked to research the plants and animals of Costa Rica’s rainforest, write a real or imaginary story about the destination and illustrate their stories. Several teachers across the U.S .had each student in their classes submit an entry.

“The response was overwhelming,” said Publisher, Debbie Glade. “We never expected to receive so many excellent entries. And the artwork is incredible! We are grateful for the generosity of Rand McNally’s Online Store for donating such high quality educational prizes!”

Contest judges included: Ronna Mandel Associate Editor of LA Parent Magazine; Dr. Jessie Voigts, Publisher of Wandering Educators; Eli Gerzon, founder of World School Travel Tours, Dave Fox, award-winning travel author; Tim Lytle, Publisher of the Real Costa Rica website; Tim Ravenna, award winning graphic designer and artist; Rachel Glade, high school student, PSAT National Merit Scholar and College Board AP Scholar with distinction; and Debbie Glade, award-winning children’s book author, illustrator, book reviewer, comic strip artist and publisher.

The Contest winners are:

K5 – 1st Grade

First Place – Hansel Desouza (Age 6) CA
Second Place – Emily Juncosa (Age 7) FL
Third Place – Lauren Nicole Ramirez (Age 6) FL

Honorable Mentions
Hallie Fumero (age 6) FL
Breanna Galindo (Age 6)
Jadin Hankin (Age 6) TX
Suzanne Juncosa (Age 7) FL
Arianna Plancher (Age 6) FL

2nd – 3rd Grade

First Place – Peter Finch (Age 7) RI
Second Place – Adeline Shaw (Age 9) MI
Third Place – Justin La Jesse (Age 8) AL

Honorable Mentions
Kylie Grant (Age 8) FL
Jasmine Macchia (Age 8) FL
Michael Pierce (Age 8) FL
Anita Summers (Age 7) NC
Colby Tomasello (Age 8) FL

4th – 5th Grade

First Place – Kevin Huo (Age 10) CA
Second Place – Aidan Hawkesworth (Age 9) FL
Third Place – Nimai Agarwal (Age 10) MD

Honorable Mentions
Cassandra Anderson (Age 9) FL
Claire Bower (Age 9) FL
Kennesey Del Castillo (Age 10) AZ
Daniel Marquina (Age 9) FL
Melanie Rose Hampton (Age 9) AZ
Emily Weeks (Age 9) FL

The award winning entries and list of prizes donated by Rand McNally’s Online Store can be viewed at url=

Debbie Glade
Smart Poodle Publishing

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