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Announcing 2008 Poetry Contest Winners

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The results of the 2008 Poetry Contest are in! This year we added a third category and asked students to respond to a new challenge—writing a poem based on one of three famous American paintings. This was in addition to requiring that poems adhere to a specific form.

The judges were delighted with the entries they received—more than 250 poems were submitted in all three categories. The creativity and discipline showed by students was truly inspiring.

In Category I, students ages 7 to 11 wrote blank verse poems of 15-20 lines based on The Stampede by Lightning by Frederic Remington, 1908.

For Category II, students ages 12 to 15 wrote blank verse poems of 20-25 lines based on View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow by Thomas Cole, 1836.

Finally, in Category III, students ages 16 to 19 wrote blank verse poems of 25-30 lines based on Approaching a City by Edward Hopper, 1946.

CATEGORY I

First Place
Elizabeth Platz

Second Place
Mary Woods

Third Place
Selah Kabakoro

Honorable Mention
Grace Taber

Honorable Mention
Josiah Parsons

CATEGORY II

First Place
Elise Parsons

Second Place
Matthew Harper

Third Place
Alicia Constant

Honorable Mention
Constance Chan

Honorable Mention
Lucy Alessio

CATEGORY III

First Place
Anna Leon

Second Place
Kristen Clermont

Third Place
Rebekah Curry

Honorable Mention
Ellen Rose Meyers

Honorable Mention
Kori Buchanan