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Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest 2018 Winners Announced!

Post Date:03/29/2018 11:34 AM

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Santa Cruz, CA


For Immediate Release


Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee and our Italian Sister City, Sestri, Lavante are pleased to announce the winners of the Hans Christian Andersen Writing Contest for 2018. Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Among his best-known stories are “The Snow Queen,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” “The Little Match Girl,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and “The Red Shoes.” During Andersen’s lifetime he was respected by royalty and acclaimed for having brought joy to children across Europe. His fairy tales have been translated into over 150 languages and continue to be published in millions of copies all over the world inspiring many other works.

Andersen was also a poet, and his verse has been set to music by such composers as Grieg, Nielsen and Schumann. Among musical adaptations are Proko iev’s song “The Ugly Duckling”, Mary Rodgers’ musical “Once Upon a Mattress” (based on “The Princess and the Pea”), and Disney’s animated feature, “The Little Mermaid.”

Youth Winners

Title Age Place
Adriana Reanu-Demongoet The Ballet Shoes 9 1
Reese Auble Worlds Collide 2
Ellia Dunton
Camille Cortazzo
Rona Lewis
California Contrereas Liliana 8 2
Bay View Classroom 33 Ginger World 8 -10 3
Jimmy G.
Ryland L.
Diana G.
Ziah C.
Dylan L.
Rylan S.
Ms. Linda Baker
Adriana Reanu-Demongoet The Tiny Frog 9 4


Adult Winners

Title Age Place
Deanna Simmons The Emperor and The Worm Adult 1
Roxanne Nicholson Gifts Adult 2
Joan Prebilich One Last Wish Adult 3
Deanna Simmons The Boy Who Wished He Could Be Knighted Adult
Deanna Simmons The Breeze and The Crone Adult


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