“Me” by Bobbi Worden. Courtesy of Pierce County Library System

Key Peninsula Middle School seventh grader Bobbi Worden won first place in the seventh- and eighth-grade photography category in the Pierce County Library System’s 20th annual teen writing and art contest, Our Own Expressions, in May. Worden won the category for her photograph, “Me.”

Thirty-six winners were chosen from 1,071 entries. The library started the contest in 1997 in partnership with Pierce County Library Foundation to foster literary expression and creativity in youth. Our Own Expressions is one of the few free, local opportunities for young writers and artists to receive public recognition, publication and cash prizes for their work. The News Tribune, Pacific Lutheran University and Print NW help fund the contest. Winners receive cash prizes from the foundation: first place, $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50.

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