Tosa’s All-City Read committee has announced the winners of this year’s writing and visual arts contests. Aspiring writers were asked to write an original essay that represented the theme of “neighbors,” corresponding to this year’s book, “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Aspiring artists were asked to create a piece, using virtually any medium, that followed themes from the book, including grief, aging, order vs. disorder, community, diversity, destiny, acceptance and change.

Winning essays and photos of the artwork are posted on the Tosa’s All-City Read website at The winning artwork is on display in the gallery outside the Student Commons at the Wauwatosa Public Library.

The winners, selected by a panel of judges, are:

Grades 3-5 - Writing

  • First prize: Vida Hutchinson (Madison Elementary), “My Fairy Godmother”
  • Second prize: Sophia Searing (Roosevelt Elementary), “My Neighbor”

Grades 3-5 - Visual Arts

  • First prize: Sophia Sherry (Madison Elementary), “Untitled”

Grades 6-8 - Writing

  • First prize: Madison Sveum (Longfellow), “Miss Hanson”
  • Second prize: Gianna Poniewaz (Christ King), “The End of the Line Hotel”

Grades 6-8 - Visual Arts

  • First prize: Madaline Kachelski (Longfellow), “On the Front Porch”
  • Second prize: Anna Krupka (Christ King), “A Happy Walk with My Dog”

High School - Writing

  • First prize: Mary Catherine McMahon (Wauwatosa East), “First Encounters”
  • Second prize: Ingrid Meulemans (Wauwatosa East), “Two Wilted Flowers”

High School - Visual Arts

  • First prize: Lilly Frank (Wauwatosa East), “Older”
  • Second prize: Lilly Frank (Wauwatosa East), “Okay”

Adult (18+) - Writing

  • First prize: Patricia Foldvary, “Talking to Strangers”
  • Second prize: Mary Kogler, “Good Neighbors”

Adult (18+) - Visual Arts

  • First prize: Jill Bylow Mickey, “Brittany’s Ghost Bike”
  • Second prize: Sarah Hunt-Frank, “Great Grandpa’s House”

Sponsors of Tosa’s All-City Read include Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors (Masterpiece Sponsors) and North Shore Bank (Bestseller Sponsors).

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