Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Venner McCormick Essay Contest


Over 1,000 area K-12 grade students participated in this year’s Venner McCormick Essay Contest. Students answered the question, “If you had three wishes, what would they be?” for a chance to earn up to $200. For the last 19 years, this essay contest has honored the lives of Ruth Blank Venner and Mary Jane Blank McCormick. Venner served as President of the Friends of the Library (FOL) non-profit organization that supports development and programming for Toledo-Lucas County Public Library. Venner’s sister, Mary Jane Blank McCormick, was added to the essay contest and FOL Memorial Project in 2010. Leon Blank, brother of Venner and McCormick began this contest and memorial project as a way to honor his sisters, as well as to promote reading among youth. This year’s winning essays run the gamut of fiction and nonfiction. The wishes range from whimsical to tear jerking, requesting the ability to fly, silence, invisibility, college education, money for foster homes, magical pencils that can write anything, the ability to eat and not gain weight, and money trees.


 K-2 Grade Winners

First Place- Sophia Meier

Second Place- Jonah Czerniaswki

Third Place- Drew Young


3- 5 Grade Winners

First Place- Brendan Moloney

Second Place- Ra’Shaun Seaberry

Third Place- Bryan Li


6– 8 Grade Winners

First Place- Catie Dangler

Second Place- Bryce Ruddock

Third Place- Delaney Rimer


9– 12 Grade Winners

First Place- Kate Cherry

Second Place- Taylor Lonas

Third Place- Jenna Schilling


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