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Washington County library names winers of poetry contest

May 14, 2008

The 10th annual Washington County Poetry Contest winners were announced on April 23 and a reception was held to honor the poets at the Central Library in Hagerstown on Tuesday.

The contest drew 145 poems written by residents of Washington County.

Ten poems - two in each of five age divisions - were awarded top prizes and one additional poem from each division was given honorable mention by the judges.

The poems could be on any topic and in any style. The only limitation was that they could be no longer than a page in length.

The ages of the poets ranged from second grade through adult.

The library received poems written by classes of students in schools and poems written by solitary poets.

Some of the poems were accompanied by original artwork. All were fascinating, limited only by the scope of the poets' imaginations.

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Here are the winners:

Grades two-three:

"Spring Worm" by Mary Miller

"Cats" by Sierra Smith-DiLeo

"My Little Sister Mary" by Gabriela Nakano

Grades four-five:

"Twilight Sled Ride" by James Toombs

"Three Baby Mockingbirds" by Samantha Juedemann

"Great Grandpa" by Samuel Haines

Grades six to eight:

"A Six Stringed God" by Alexandra Scheller

"Spring" by Selena Kendle

"Make a Change" by Kenny Catchings

Grades nine to 12:

"Waiting on May" by Alyse Nicole Yeargan

"There Will Be a Day" by Amanda Hessong

"In the Mirror" by Ashley Brown

Adult:

"Somewhat Lost" by Rick Hartman

"Old School Kids" by Mark Brugh

"Lavender" by Julia Brugh

Sample:

"Spring Worm" by Mary Miller - Grade two:

Moist worm in my hand

Is this your head or your tail?

Both ways feel like spring

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