The 6th Annual E-Poetry Contest Inspires West Chester Area School District Students and Staff to Unleash Their Creativity
On the behalf of the West Chester Area Education Association, and with the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Art Association and Young Rembrandts of Chester County, the 6th Annual E-Poetry Contest was launched this spring. The contest encourages both students and staff throughout the West Chester Area School District to submit original poems in any content area or personal topic of interest, including pieces connected to visual or audible artworks.
This year, the contest received over 150 creative entries on a broad spectrum of themes. Each poem was a testament to the true power of words and creativity when sharing messages of strong importance.
“The West Chester E-Poetry contest provides a safe platform for student poets to enhance their emotional intelligence and expression of ideas stemming from curricular topics, social issues, or personal crusades,” said the WC E-Poetry Team, which includes Eileen Hutchinson, Jennifer Ozgur, and Amy Thomas. “WC poets speak loud and proud sharing their diverse themes and wondrous words for all to hear!” added the Team.
An experienced panel of judges from the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project used a poetry rubric to judge the many poems entered into the contest and determine the final award winners. One full Summer Scholarship to the Youth Writing Camps at West Chester University and two Art Scholarships were awarded to the grand prize winners.
All 18 award-winning student and staff poets and artists were honored in a Poetry Awards ceremony held at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Exton, PA. Each winner received a certificate, ribbon, and journal and art set after reading their poems in front of a live audience.
Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Kalia Reynolds, was the guest speaker at the event. She shared her enthusiasm for writing with bits of wisdom for the young poets. “This contest and culminating ceremony not only offer our students an amazing opportunity to showcase their passion and talent, but also to challenge themselves to confidently share their art with an audience,” said Reynolds.
The first ever Poetry Anthology Book of all the award-winning poems and art will be sent to each WCASD school building’s main office so that all those who visit are schools can experience the poets’ work. Next year, the committee plans to seek further funding for three additional Writing Scholarships to ensure that each grade level category will have a grand prize winner.
“We are so grateful to the West Chester Area Education Association, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Chester County Art Association, and Young Rembrandts of Chester County for supporting the literacy endeavors of this noteworthy poetry event!” said the WC E-Poetry Team.