This year’s Jim Thrower Rotary Writing Faire Authors’ Reception was held at a new venue by Sonoma Rotary Club, which not only supported the Faire monetarily but, this year, hosted it at the newly refurbished Sonoma Community Center.

The winning writing pieces were read by the young authors in the theatre. As in the past, all middle schools in the Valley were represented. Hundreds of writing submissions were judged by local authors who included Kathleen Hill, Rebecca Lawton, Pam Gibson, Carole Kelleher and Vicky Whiting.

Kathy Eschleman and Cathy Wedell, faire coordinators, remarked on their gratitude to the middle school teachers who inspired these young authors, as well as Readers’ Books, Spring Flowers, the Sonoma Index-Tribune and especially Sonoma Rotary for their continued efforts to celebrate the youth of Sonoma.

• Rotary Four Way Test – first place: “Rotary 4 Way Test,” Emma Bartolome

• Historical Essay – first place: “The Journal of Arthur Pelham,” Isabelle Ring

• Humorous Poetry – first place: “What’s Under My Bed,” Michaela Schillinger

• Sports Editorial – first place: “Surprising Twist in U.S. Women’s Figure Skating Championships,” Alexandra Garber

• CD/Movie Review – first place: “Argh Captain Phillips Adventure Turns Into a Nightmare,” Julia Sangiacomo

• IMovie – first place: “Water,” Hannah Rose McNeely

• Song – first place: “This Little Light of Mine,” Mary Minigan and Natalie Gulrajani

• Narrative – first place: “No More Fear,” Sam Fanucchi

• Fiction – Two Authors – first place: “The Time Traveler Butterfly,” Hannah Chun and Natalia Macedonio

• Serious Poetry – first Place: “Grandpa,” Tucker Pierce; “The Silent Boy,” Lauren Smith

• Fiction – first place: “A Weird Way to Look at Peer Pressure,” Heather Durfee

• Descriptive Writing – first place: “A Friend to Help You Wait,” Shawnee Wallace

• Persuasive – first place: “Ban Photo Retouching,” Shannon Walsh

• Comic – first place: “Brave,” Nikki Sandhu

• Book Review – first place: “I Wonder What it Would be Like to Have a Normal Face,” Audrey Castillo

• Letter to the Editor – first place: “Dear Mrs. Feinstein,” Anna Cline