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Announcing 2011 Poetry Contest Winners

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The results of the 2011 Poetry Contest are in! Students were asked to submit poems in the form of a ballad using one of the two titles listed in their age category as inspiration for their poem. The examples did not have to be included in the poem; students were permitted to simply use the title. Judges were delighted with the entries they received—hundreds of poems were submitted in all three categories.

In Category I, students ages 7 to 10 wrote ballads based on Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.

For Category II, students ages 11 to 14 wrote ballads based on Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare and Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry.

Finally, in Category III, students ages 15 to 19 wrote ballads based on War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Read the winning poems below.

CATEGORY I

First Place
Nancy Stokes Du Bose

Second Place
Eryn Pepple

Third Place
Vincent Mead

Honorable Mention
Brittany Hock

Honorable Mention
Lauren Lyles

CATEGORY II

First Place
Patience Griswold

Second Place
Abigail Spears

Third Place
Kayleigh Sinopole

Honorable Mention
Grace Cassady

Honorable Mention
Delaney Keefe

CATEGORY III

First Place
Bryana Johnson

Second Place
Kendra Olson

Third Place
Constance Chan

Honorable Mention
Lucy Alessio

Honorable Mention
Elise Parsons