VCS Students To Be Included in National Poetry Anthology; School Contest Winners

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  • April was National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, new Village Christian Middle/High School Librarian Abby Ahlers created a special poetry contest for VCS students.

    The submissions were fantastic.

    And now 10 students are set to become published writers.

    Following a successful school contest, the students’ work was submitted with family permission to a national competition hosted by Creative Communications, which will publish its full "Celebration of Poets" anthology in September.

    "As a new faculty member at Village Christian, I am humbled and genuinely impressed by the level of talent of our students,” Ahlers said. “The use of different poetic forms to capture the range of emotions of their inner and outward trials, especially coming out of such a hard year, is remarkable.”

    The following students will be included in the published collection:

    • Eisley Aust
    • Emajean Behrend
    • Anika Lee-Miller
    • Brigit Ovalle
    • Kayla Holsey
    • Cameron Simmons
    • Sasha Ovalle
    • Jakob Santiago
    • Sophie Charton
    • Aria Raub

    "The teachers and students of your school should feel honored. Thousands of entries were not invited to be published,” said Creative Communications Editor Thomas K. Worthen, Ph.D., in a congratulatory letter to VCS. “Being published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from both teachers and students."

    Creative Communications “is devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing,” according to its official website, and their contests aim “to motivate student writers.”

    The anthology is available to preorder online (click here).

    Only students in grades 6-9 were eligible for the Creative Communications competition, while the VCS poetry contest was open to all Middle and High School students.

    Winners included:

    • 6th Grade: Aria Raub – "Beauty"
    • 7th Grade: Erin Nesmith – "The Emotions of Mary Magdalene"
    • 8th Grade: Miah Faller – "Midnight"
    • 9th Grade: Sasha Ovalle – "Barbie" / Mabyn Kim – "The Garden of Us"
    • 10th Grade: Sujin Kim – "Reaching Your Voice at the Tip of Dawn"
    • 11th Grade: Lily Hamel – "Panic Attack"
    • 12th Grade: Joy Shin – "Mine-Mine"

    In total, Ahlers received more than 30 submissions for the VCS competition, which concluded with a special event on April 28, when 20 students read their poetry in front of more than 50 attendees.

    Throughout April, students had the opportunity to meet in the Library for poetry sessions with VCS teachers as well as poets Linda Dove and Mary Torregrossa.

    “This year's poetry contest and reading truly showcased how the creative arts can not only bring voice to the laughter, pain, and healing of an individual but also a community as we come together,” Ahlers added.

    PHOTO: VCS Middle and High School Librarian Abby Ahlers addresses the audience at the Poetry Contest Reading Event on April 28.

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