Be More Creative! Vacation Station 2009

Vacation Station Contest 2009 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2009 Vacation Station contests. Thank you to everyone who entered. Your interest and work is greatly appreciated. Our judges selected the following Art, Poetry, Recipe, Book Review and Survey Winners:

Art Contest

Happy Sunflowers

Art Winners: Ages 4, 5, 6

First Place

Lucianabella M. (age 6) Milwaukee “Happy Sunflowers”

Thunderstorm with Lightning

Second Place

Nichola W. (age 5) Fort Atkinson “A Thunderstorm With Lightning”

Girl with Flowers

Third Place

Nupur G. (age 5) West Allis “Girl With Flowers”

Art Winners: Ages 7 & 8

Thunderstorm with Lightning

First Place

Filumena M. (age 7) Milwaukee “Lulu and Her Lovebird”

Butterflies Galore

Second Place

Abigail H. (age 8) Waukesha “Butterflies Galore”

Singing in the rain

Third Place

Everen W. (age 7) Waukesha “Singing In The Rain”

Art Winners: Ages 9 & 10

Animal Friends

First Place

Brooklyn L. (age 10) Sheboygan “Animal Friends”

Paradisedae At Riverfront Park

Second Place

Cassie R. (age 10) West Bend “Paradisedae At Riverfront Park”

My Special Summer Day After Getting Braces on My Teeth

Third Place

Teyha L. (age 9) Delavan “My Special Summer Day After Getting Braces on My Teeth”

Art Winners: Ages 11 & 12

The Graceful Swan

First Place

Marikka K. (age 12) Rubicon “The Graceful Swan”

Cats and Caterpillars

Second Place

Kateri Y. (age 11) South Milwaukee “Cats and Caterpillars”

Glitter of the Sea

Third Place

Lucy K. (age 11) Jefferson “Glitter of the Sea”

Flower Fairy

Honorable Mention

Akshaya N. (age 12) Waukesha “Flower Fairy”

Poetry Contest

Poetry Winner: First Place - Katherine P. (age 12) Kewaskum

Footsteps in the Sand
A footstep. Left by a girl, In the cold, wet, sand.
And inside that footstep, is another.
A smaller one.
It belongs to her sister, who loves her.
And who tries, with all her might, to walk, in her sister’s footsteps.

Poetry Winner: Second Place - Michaela K. (age 10) Big Bend

The Life I Live
I’m from an apple tree
Whose limbs are gone
From empty swings that sway in the wind
I’m from open space
Where wind whistles and grass glides
I’m from my mother’s mom,
Who died from a sickness
I’m from “Stop” and “Sit Still”
I’m from Grandma’s cookies
That smell so sweet
I’m from my journals
In places I’d never look
From a cabin full of memories
And friends nearby
I’m from smells of flowers
And sweet perfume
I’m from bike trails
I ride on every Friday
I’m from a math test Lost in my folder
I’m from hugs, kisses
And good-byes

Poetry Winner: Third Place - Niharika S. (age 9) Pewaukee

Willow Tree Leaves
Every single time I gaze,
I see willow tree leaves,
Swaying in the wind. Sometimes pushing out, Away from the sturdy
Brown trunk, sometimes
Pulling in, as if wanting to stay,
But, always, always, dancing in
Time to the song of the wind.
Always singing in time to a Music no human can hear.
Just swaying, swaying, swaying
In the wind.

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Brooklyn L. (age 10) Sheboygan

On the sparkling stream
Waiting for a Rainbow
To stretch across the sky.

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Prerna S. (age 12) Pewaukee

By the Apple Tree
An apple blossom breaks away
On a clear spring morning
From the dark branches that were once
Its home.
Spinning and falling, spinning and
Falling, falling.
The sunrise catches on the spring morning
Dewdrops that rest on the cloudlike Soft petals, and
Shimmers of golden sunlight appear,
Then fade, again, again, and
Again as the flower dances in the crisp, golden air,
And falling
And spinning
And falling
And comes to rest in the pond below
Beckoning me to come,
And spin and fall
In the golden ripples.

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Sydney C. (age 9) Kenosha

Haiku Poem
A hungry bee sleeps
Resting on a red flower
Dreaming of honey.

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Devanshi P. (age 11) Waukesha

Bright red,
Wild blooming flowers
A tender, blissful heart

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Molly S. (age 11) Greenfield

A Haiku Poem
Black-&-white magpie
Bounces through broken branches,
Hungry for baubles.

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Sarah D. (age 11) Germantown

In My Closet
Guess what I found in my closet!
A pudding can,
A broken toy van,
An old spoon,
A calendar from last June,
A stick from my dog,
An animal that looked like a frog,
A hyper mouse,
A head louse,
A sandwich that I did not bite,
An old broken kite,
My mother,
And she said…

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Max S. (age 8) West Bend

Geckos can have sticky feet and walk on a wall,
Armadillo lizards, when they get scared, roll into a ball.
Bearded Dragons have a third eye,
Baby Monitor lizards are very sly. Chameleons change color to hide,
Flying Lizards can glide.
I like lizards, big and small,
I love lizards, I love them all.

Poetry Winner: Honorable Mention - Caroline O. (age 8) Menomonee Falls

TV is fine
But Books Are devine!
They make your brain
And Very, very
If you watch a lot of TV
Your brain’s the size of a pea!
Books make your brain big
Like the size of a pig!
Just because…
TV is fine
But Books are devine!

Recipe Contest

Recipe Contest Winner: First Place - Adrianna T. (age 6) Kenosha

French Toast Muffins
1 egg
¾ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
6 slices of bread, cut into cubes
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the egg and milk. Add vanilla, cinnamon and sugar and mix again.
3. Add bread cubes into bowl and stir lightly to coat with the liquid.
4. Spray the muffin pan with cooking spray and fill each with mixture.
5. With an adult’s help, put the muffin pan into the oven and bake 12-15 minutes until golden.
6. Let cool slightly, serve with syrup.
9 muffins

Recipe Contest Winner: Second Place-Austen S. (age 10) Brownsville

Walking Tacos
1 pound ground beef
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
8-10 bags (1 oz. size) Fritos or Doritos
Lettuce (shredded)
Tomatoes (diced)
Sour cream
Shredded cheese
Black olives (pitted and chopped)
Diced onions
Taco sauce
1. (Ask an adult to help.) Brown the ground beef in a frying pan. Break meat apart as it cooks. Drain the grease.
2. Add ¾ cup of water and taco seasoning.
3. Stir the meat and heat until bubbly.
4. Open the bags of chips and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of meat mixture on top.
5. Follow with your favorite taco toppings from the list of ingredients above.
6. Grab a fork and enjoy.

Recipe Contest Winner: Third Place- Molly S. (age 11) Greenfield

Cherokee Casserole
1 pound ground beef
¾ cup chopped onion
Dash of pepper
1/8 teaspoon thyme
½ bay leaf
1 can cream of mushroom soup
6 olives, sliced
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon oregano
1 can tomatoes, diced
1 cup minute rice
Cheese, sliced (optional)
4-6 servings

Recipe Contest Winner: Honorable Mention- Prerna S. (age 12) Pewaukee

Chocolate Raspberry Bars
2 cups of bittersweet chocolate chips
¼ cup of raspberry jam
1. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl with a lid on top. Heat at 50% power for thirty seconds, take out and stir. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted.
2. Put the raspberry jam into the chocolate and mix until uniform.
3. Move the mixture into a 4 ½ x 8 ½ inch rectangular plastic container and spread it evenly.
4. Place the lid on the container and move it into the refrigerator. Leave it there overnight.
5. The next day, take the container out of the refrigerator, tap the bottom of the container so the chocolate is released onto the cutting board, and with help from a parent, cut the chocolate into bars.
6. Enjoy!
18 bars

Recipe Contest Winner: Honorable Mention- Abigail H. (age 8) Waukesha

Abigail’s Oodely Noodley Soup
1 big pot and 1 small pot
1 cup macaroni (alphabet, elbow, curly or any fun shape)
1 can of chicken broth (49 ½ oz can)
1 can of kernel corn (15 oz can.)
1 can of olives (15 oz can)
1 can of mushrooms (15 oz. can)
1 stalk of green onion
1. In one small pot of water, cook the macaroni.
2. In one big pot, pour the chicken broth and let it boil.
3. Add the corn, olives, mushrooms in the broth.
4. Chop the green onion .
5. Add the cooked and drained macaroni to the broth and let it boil.
6. Add the chopped green onions to the soup before serving.
4 servings.

Book Contest

Aryia D. (age 7) Waukesha

Arthur’s Baby by Marc Brown
“I liked the book because it taught me to be a good big sister. I want to be a great role model for our new baby.”

Elizabeth W. (age 11) West Bend

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
“The lesson I learned from this book is that having money is not the path to happiness. The rich may have some joy, but it is the poor that have true happiness and love. Love is by far stronger than money.”

Aishwarya N. (age 6) Waukesha

Stone Soup by Kama Einhorn
“I learned that we should share and be nice to each other. We should give food to people who don’t have any. Sharing makes you and others happy at the same time.”

Sarah D. (age 11) Germantown

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
“I learned that it is always good to speak up before it is too late. I also learned higher vocabulary including the words; incentive and gargantuan. This series is very good and I would definitely recommend it to anyone ages 10 and older.”

Akshaya N. (age 12) Waukesha

A Spy on the Home Front by Alison Hart
“I learned that when you are brave and helpful, it can be a big help for many people. Treat people the way you want to be treated.”

Max S. (age 9) West Bend

Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
“I learned that cats can be cute and they don’t all scratch people. I learned not to judge a book by its cover.”

Keagan L. (age 10) Greenfield

Cabin Creek Mystery: The Blizzard on Blue Mountain by Kristiana Gregory
“I learned that if there is a storm you should stay inside or find shelter. Otherwise, you could get hurt, lost or even killed!”

Omar H. (age 5) Franklin

The Biggest Bear by Adam Relf
“This book taught me about the stars. I love outer space and I look at the sky every night and try to find stars and planets. I want to be an astronaut so I can go to the moon.”

Gwyneth L. (age 8) Greenfield

Fancy Nancy Poison Ivy Expert by Jane O’Connor
“I learned the leaves of poison ivy are shiny and in the fall the leaves turn red. I also learned that you can’t get poison ivy by touching someone who has it, but if you touch their clothes you will get it.”

Andrew E. (age 7) Mayville

Are you my Mother? By P. D. Eastman
“I learned that when someone asks you a question, you should answer. In the story, a little bird was trying to find his mother. At the end, he found his mother was another bird.”

Survey Winners : What is your favorite program and why?

Dylan T.
Sheboygan Falls:Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
Luis D.
Sussex: Super Why!
Gavin H.
Milwaukee: Word World
Jamie S.
Anna S.
Milwaukee: Saddle Club
Katie M.
Menomonee Falls: Clifford the Big Red Dog
Jensen S.
Cedarburg: Wordgirl
Makayla P.
Kenosha: Curious George
Athena D.
Susex: Cyberchase

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Vacation Station Contests this year! Darlyne Haertlein Supervisor: Outreach Services