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ANNOUNCING:
The Winners of the 2016 Poetry Contest

HSLDA is pleased to announce the results of its annual Poetry Contest. This year, homeschool students were invited submit poems that echoed the themes, format, or rhetoric of the following imaginative poems:

Category 1 (Ages 7-10):   “Sick”
Renowned for his brilliantly humorous children’s poems and illustrations, Shel Silverstein gave us “Sick,” a poem in which a little girl tells of all her aches and woes to avoid having to go to school, only to learn something surprising at the end. The story blows up like a big fat bubble and suddenly goes *POP* in the final lines! Can you write a poem with a surprising twist at the end like that?

Category 2 (Ages 11-14):   “Daffodils”
Reading this poem is sharing in Wordsworth’s rapture over the beautiful scene before his mind’s eye. One of Wordsworth’s most famous works, “Daffodils” sends you on a journey through majestic scenes and nudges you to look for such splendor in your own surroundings. Perhaps you treasure many small memories when time seemed to stand still, or perhaps a few important moments simply made you burst with enthusiasm! Share one or more of those special memories with us in your poem this year.

Category 2 (Ages 11-14):   “What is White”
In her beloved collection of thought-provoking treasures, Hailstones and Halibut Bones, Mary O’Neill addresses the many forms that the color white takes. White can be concrete, like a “marshmallow” or “a ship’s sail!” White can also be “the part you can’t remember in a dream.” Challenge your creativity this year by selecting an adjective and writing a poem that describes or gives shape to it.

Winners received cash prizes as high as $200, and all contest profits went to the Special Needs Children’s Fund administered by HSLDA’s charitable arm, the Home School Foundation.


2016 Winners and Finalists

CATEGORY I

First Place
“Thunder Storm”
Hannah Khuzadi, CA

Second Place
“Is There a Monster at My Door?”
Rosalie Chiang, CA

Third Place
“The Annoying Hole”
Rosalie Chiang, CA

Honorable
Mention

“The Battle”
Charles Noble, VA

Honorable
Mention

“The Playful Predator”
Sara Christiano, FL

Finalists
 “A Snowday” Ellison Kutney, MN

“Too Late!” Caleb Walker, CA

“The Aliens: dun dun dun!!” Jeffrey L. Johnson, AL

“Plant a Garden” Evelyn Hinckley, TX

“Summer Vacation” Sofia Castillo, FL

“The Box” G. Dimock, OR

“The Adventures of Jonas” Orin Elkins, IN

“Homework” Blake Schaper, IL

“Late!” Mabel Picconi, VA

CATEGORY II

First Place
“Love You, Mercy!”
Victor Tyne, NJ

Second Place
“Fireworks”
Maya Wylie, AR

Third Place
“The Art of a Setting Sun”
Martha Marchio, AL

Honorable
Mention

“One of One Thousand”
Sveva Clary, TX

Honorable
Mention

“Happy 2016!”
Victor Tyne, NJ

Finalists
 “A Thunderstorm” Lydia Felker, CA

“Fairy Plant” Laura Kimzey, VA

“On the Shore” Cael Bervig, MN

“Intelligent Eyes” Bridgett Pearl, TX

“Among the Blooming Cherries” Iris Riverstone, HI

“The Thrill of Flight” Lydia Radke, TX

“The Shooting Star” Kara Lewis, NC

“Birds in the Morning” Mary Noble, VA

“Silence” Brittly Stewart, IN

“Of Memories and Ink” Bethany Campbell, CA

CATEGORY III

First Place
“Humus”
Leah Udinski, PA

Second Place
“Patchwork Earth”
Avery Hopkins, LA

Third Place
“Sweet Rhapsody”
Maggie Pierce, FL

Honorable
Mention

“Our Steely Grave”
Madelyn Wood, GA

Honorable
Mention

“Moi? Je Préfére le Noir”
Jean Anselmi, CO

Finalists
 “Rose-Light” Katherine Diggles, KY

“Lonely” Tegan Truitt, CO

“The Sound of Silent Things” Maegan Pinyan, AL

“What is Purple?” Kaylee Spears, MS

“Bittersweet Sensations” Sophronia Barone, NY

“The Cause of All Wrong” Simon Oulhaut, NC

“Black Pierced” Jocelyn Meyer, ID

“The White Knight” Daniel Hur, VA

“A Dance of Blue and Green” Anna Cale, IL

“Mr. Fake– Antonio Canova” Morganne Oliver, VA

“Yin-Yang” Daniel Hur, VA