MIAMI-SHELBY COUNTIES — In conjunction with National Poetry Month in April, the Piqua Public Library has announced the winners of its 2016 Youth Poetry Contest.
First, second, and third place awards are conferred in four grade divisions. First place winners earn $50, second place earns $25, and third earns $10. Money for the awards is donated by the Piqua Public Library Assistance & Development fund.
Winners by school:
Kindergarten to 3rd Grade: (There was only one award given in this category this year.)
1st – Brooklyn Fortkamp, 2nd grade, Holy Angels: “Library Books”
4th to 6th Grade:
1st – Nehela Batchelder, 6th grade, Anna Middle School: “Sweet Dreams in Japan”
2nd – Kaylie Kipp, 6th grade, Anna Middle School: “The Special Place”
3rd – Juliette VanHook, 6th grade, Anna Middle School: “My Family”
7th to 9th Grade:
1st – Brandon Hemsworth, 9th grade, Anna High School: “The Domino Effect”
2nd – Kenzie Bricker, 9th grade, Christian Academy Schools Sidney: “The Sun May Go Down”
3rd – Caleb Johnson, 9th grade, Sidney High School: “The Land of Dreams”
10th to 12th Grade:
1st – Destiny Clayton, 11th grade, Sidney High School: “A Bittersweet Addiction”
2nd – NourEddine Hijazi, 11th grade, Sidney High School: “Lyrical Lamentations”
3rd – Savannah Brabbin, 11th grade, Sidney High School: “Fat Fluffy Floof”
The library also selected a “Library Staff Favorite” award, with that poet earning a $50 prize. The winner of this award is Emily Sloan, an 11th grader from Troy Christian High School.
Contest Coordinator Robin Heintz reported that the number of entries tripled from last year’s totals. “Two hundred and three poems were entered by young people in four K-12 grade divisions. These poets represent 12 different schools and homeschoolers in two counties.
“We were deeply impressed, not only with the quantity of entries, but with their quality as well. The Miami Valley can be very proud of the creativity of its students. There were well thought-out works submitted – poetry that made me laugh and that made me cry. The youth of this area are amazing.”
The contest concludes with a Poetry Night Awards Reception in the Piqua Public Library lobby on Tuesday, April 26, at 6PM. Award winners will have the opportunity to read their works aloud, and cash awards and certificates will be given out to participants.
“The judging was extremely difficult. Some of the winners triumphed by only one-half of a percentage point,” Library Director James Oda stated. “I did not envy our 17 judges.”