Seeing characters depicted for the first time at SG’s longest running literary pumpkin contest

The ninth annual Lincoln literary contest has taken a life of its own over the years

“Students come back in September telling me they already have an idea for their pumpkin from a book they read over the summer. Younger siblings who finally reach kindergarten are thrilled to finally enter the contest themselves. Students walking through the pumpkins find new books that they want to try. It is a literacy event that keeps on giving and that students look forward to every year.” -Lauren Capuano, Library Media Specialist

This year, 39 students in grades K-2 and 30 students from grades 3-5 entered, yet there were more pumpkins than entries because some creations contained multiple pumpkins.

2023 winners

Mya Mitchell, Kindergarten

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

Hunter Patti, Kindergarten

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Emilia Sleasman, 1st Grade

Don’t Press the Button!

Max Witkowski, 2nd Grade

Captain Underpants

Teagan Malloy, 3rd Grade

Junie B. Jones

Gabriel Braungard, 4th Grade


Alice Buskirk, 4th Grade

for Rosie Revere, Engineer

Brady Visconte, 5th Grade

Hedwig from Harry Potter