The winners of Livermore’s Fourth Annual Science Poetry Contest were announced this week by the city’s poet laureate, Cynthia Patton. A celebration of Livermore’s scientific heritage, the contest had four divisions: youth (K-5th grade), middle school, high school, and adult. Winning poems in each division received $75, $50, and $25, respectively.

In the youth division, first place went to Caleb McWhorter, Emma C. Smith, for “Science is Rad.” Second place went to Avery Lockhart, Leo R. Croce, for “Where is Science?” Third place went to Westley Dillingham, Emma C. Smith, for “Dinosaur Fun.” Honorable mentions went to Kayla Dillingham, Emma C. Smith, for “Magma Explosion;” Imogene Lockhart, Leo R. Croce, for “Nature is Wonderful;” and Emiliana Pennewell, Junction Avenue, for “Science Class.”

In the middle school division, first place went to Chase Burnett, Mendenhall, for “Convection Currents.” Second place went to Amelia Mueller, Mendenhall, for “The Astronomer.” Third place went to Greta Fick-Furlotte and Joe Michell for “Livermore Science.” Honorable mentions went to Hayden Cooper, Mendenhall, for “Volcanoes;” Josh Durban, Mendenhall, for “Energy;” Taha Syed, Mendenhall, for “Photosynthesis;” Joe Wiser, Mendenhall, for “Pluto;” and Adrian Zarsange, East Avenue, for “Ocean Haiku.”

In the high school division, first place went to Brett Whitelaw, Dougherty Valley, for “Gravity.” Second place went to Vishal Venkatesh, Granada, for “between two forces.” Third place went to Grace Moulton, Livermore, for “Curiosity.” Honorable mentions went to Alexander Houston, DVHS, for “Chemical Reaction;” Sonja Keohe, DVHS, for “Climate Change;” Sujin Leek, Livermore, for “Carbon;” and Julia Passannante, Granada, for “Indifference.”

In the adult division, first place went to Michael Phan for “Angst(roms).” Second place went to Lauren de Vore for “question & answer.” Third place went to Kevin Gunn for “The Mushroom Cloud.” Honorable mentions went to Jacki Ames for “Distant Luminous Dark Wonder,” Patricia J. Boyle for “The Fate of the Crowned,” Heather Dever for “Absolute Value,” and Alexa Malloy for “The Science of Herself.”

There were nearly 80 submissions, Patton said, congratulating everyone who entered. “Anyone who writes a poem and shares it with the world is a winner,” she added.