2015 Annual K-12 Youth Contest

2015 Annual K-12 Youth Contest

1. If no awards are listed for a Prize, it resulted from few to no entries.
2. We only list the First Name of the winner, school name, and location to protect identities.
3. We think these are wonderful poems. The judges unanimously agreed it was difficult, at times, to make their decisions. So, if you entered and didn’t place, please try again next year.
4. We thank all who submitted. At some level it makes you a winner even if not prize awarded.
5. Judges made their decisions from an unnamed copy of the poem.
6. HM below means Honorable Mention.
7. If no title was provided, the first line became the title.
8. Do not assume that a poem is factual. These are works by young artists.

S-2, Grades 3-4, Christy Lumm, Judge. (65 entries)

First Prize: “Sadness” by McClain, Mountain Brook Elementary, Birmingham, AL, Teacher Cindy Peavy
Second Prize: “I Remember” by Fields, Mountain Brook Elementary, Birmingham, AL, Teacher Cindy Peavy
Third Prize: “Winter Flight” by Nathan, John Kerr Elementary, Winchester, VA, Teacher Emily Putt
1HM: “Falling Flakes” by Harper, John Kerr Elementary, Winchester, VA, Teacher Emily Putt

S-3, Grades 5-6, Michal Mahgerefteh, Judge. (76 entries)

First Prize: “Zip Line” by Dae, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME, Teacher Glenn Powers
Second Prize: “Where Poems Hide” by Sam, Center for Teaching Learning, Edgecomb, ME, Teacher Glenn Powers
Third Prize: “Birds and a Winter Morning” by Marcus, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME, Teacher Glenn Powers
1HM: “Questions” by Zoe, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME, Teacher Glenn Powers
2HM: “Different” by Katie, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME, Teacher Glenn Powers
3HM: “Willows in the Morning” by Neal, The Blacksburg New School, Blacksburg, VA, Teacher Jared Bond

S-4, Grades 7-8, Bob Kelly, Judge. (75 entries)

First Prize: “Sailing Sonnet” by Lucas, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME, Teacher Anne Atwell-McLeod
Second Prize: “Heroes” by Rachel, Lake Center Christian School, Hartville, OH, Teacher Eric Schlabach
Third Prize: “The Swing” by Nicco, Center for Teaching and Learning, Edgecomb, ME, Teacher Anne Atwell-McLeod
1HM: “Under” by Abigail, Lake Center Christian School, Hartville, OH, Teacher Eric Schlabach

S-5, Grades 9-10, Bill Glose, Judge. (73 entries)

First Prize: “Weighing Desire” by Courtney, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA. Teacher Gail Giewont
Second Prize: “Introducing Age” by Sophia, Maggie Walker Governor’s School Richmond, VA Teacher Janet Meyers
Third Prize: “Golden Face of Death” by Jared, Hampton Roads Academy Newport News, VA, Teacher Christy Lumm
1HM: “A Coastal Scene” by Jean-Marc, Miami Arts Charter Miami, FL, Teacher Jen Karetnick

S-6, Grades 11-12, Daniel Pearlman, Judge. (44 entries)

First Prize: “Taxi in Kampala” by Jessie, Grace Christian School Staunton, VA, Teacher Ms. White
Second Prize: “Business as Usual” by Olivia, St. Catherine’s School Richmond, VA, Teacher Ron Smith (Poet Laureate of Virginia)
Third Prize: “A Just Voice” by Carmen, Woodbridge Senior High Woodbridge, VA,

Jenkins Prize, Grades 9 -12, Joanna Lee, Judge. (48 entries)

First Prize: “Myanmar: After the War” by Grace, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA, Teacher Gail Giewont
Second Prize: “When In Cottages: 1982” by Virginia, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA, Teacher Gail Giewont
Third Prize: “xviii” by Emma, Ithaca High School Ithaca, NY, Teacher Melanie Murphy

The Virginia Student Prize, Grades 9 – 12, Molly O’Dell, Judge. (Virginia Students only – 66 Entries)

First Prize: “A Stroll Through the Park” by Jada, Fredericksburg Academy Fredericksburg, VA, Teacher Susanne Nobles
Second Prize: “the first day I met you” by Emma. Fredericksburg Academy Fredericksburg, VA, Teacher Susanne Nobles
Third Prize: “Poets Are Terrorists” by Neil, Woodbridge Senior High Woodbridge, VA, Teacher Cathy Hailey
1HM: “My Dream About Dissection” by Virginia, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA, Teacher Gail Giewont

Spoken Word Prize, Grades 9-12, Nathan Richardson, Judge. (Virginia Students only – 8 Entries)

First Prize: “Sculpt Your Future” by Neil, Woodbridge Senior High Woodbridge, VA, Teacher Cathy Hailey
Second Prize: “Here in Capitalism” by Haleigh, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA, Teacher Gail Giewont
Third Prize: “2009 to Present” by Tabitha, Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Petersburg, VA, Teacher Gail Giewont
1HM: “Uncertainly Hellish” by Destiny, Granby High School Norfolk, VA, Teacher Eddie Dowe