There are clear winners in footraces, even those that come down to photo finishes. In a poetry contest, where each entry reflects the particular magic of its author and subjectivity is a factor in judging winners, there are no absolutes, there is only consensus.
The poets we judged to have best met the “Friends of Our Planet” contest theme in thought and imagery are listed below. In the kindergarten through second-grade category, first place went to Christian Hinck for “My Earth.” Second place went to Kayla Tumbarello for “Sometimes …” and an honorable mention was earned by Jackson S. Parli for “It’s a Marvel …”
Maddison Raffe took first place for her poem “Butterfly” in the third- through sixth-grade category. Second place went to Rebecca Graney for “The Tree” and honorable mention honors went to Margaret Barr-Forget for “Calm and Quiet.”
In the seventh-through 10th-grade category (no entries were received for the 11th and 12th grades), first place went to Dineen O’Rourke for his poem “Arriving at Sheepscott Lake.” Second-place honors went to Augusta Greenbaum for “By the Shore” and an honorable mention was given to Christian Tureski for “Do We Care?”
Thanks to all authors for sharing your poems with us. Thank you, parents, as well as teachers, librarians and administrators of our schools, who encouraged participation. We hope you enjoyed the experience as much as we did.
Thank you, Terry Lucas, for your generous donation and, in advance, for hosting the poets’ party/reading at The Open Book. Your spirited interest in literature and young readers is always a joy to behold.
Thanks to the staff of the Westhampton Free Library for helping us promote the contest, and to The Southampton Press town columnists for your timely notices of the event.