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Announcing 2009 Poetry Contest Winners

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The results of the 2009 Poetry Contest are in! Students were asked to compose a Sestina poem responding to one of three quotes by famous authors. The judges were delighted with the entries they received-more than 200 poems were submitted in all three categories.

In Category I, students ages 7 to 10 wrote a sestina based on the quote:
“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.” -Mark Twain

For Category II, students ages 11 to 14 wrote a sestina based on the quote:
“Love is a great beautifier.”-Louisa May Alcott

Finally, in Category III, students ages 15 to 19 wrote a sestina based on the quote:
“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” -C.S. Lewis

Read the winning poems below.

CATEGORY I

First Place
Claire Wagner

Second Place
Anna Stuhlfire

Third Place
Paige Baker

Honorable Mention
Carlie Mead

Honorable Mention
Mary Montgomery

CATEGORY II

First Place
Nathan Rutter

Second Place
Kayleigh Sinopole

Third Place
Andrew Gosnell

Honorable Mention
Matthew Harper

Honorable Mention
Hannah King

CATEGORY III

First Place
Rebekah Curry

Second Place
Emily DeFreitas

Third Place
Catey Yuen

Honorable Mention
Paxton Elliot

Honorable Mention
Jasmine Hoisington