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Students Compete for Brooks Poetry Prize
Students Compete for Brooks Poetry Prize

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, nine Winsor students from Classes IV and V took the stage to compete in the final round of the annual Brooks Poetry Prize competition.

A Winsor tradition that dates back to 1909, the competition "offers a wonderful opportunity for students to explore poetry on their own in order to find one poem that speaks to them," notes English department head Courtney Jackson. The event also helps students hone their public speaking skills before a supportive audience of peers.

In the first round, each eighth grade and freshman student chose a poem to recite in English class, then one student from each section was chosen to compete in the final round. Congratulations to the 2019 finalists:

Class IV:

  • Olivia Sarkis: "To Be of Use" by Marge Piercy
  • Ava Kee: "The Raincoat" by Ada Limon
  • Cleo Jackson: "A New National Anthem" by Ada Limon
  • Raina Sohur: "We Will Never Sleep" by David Hernandez 

Class V:

  • Katherine Torres: "We Are Not Responsible" by Harryette Mullen
  • Amanda Kosta: An excerpt from "My God, It's Full of Stars" by Tracy K. Smith
  • Miracle Hodge: "They Clapped" by Nikki Giovanni
  • Franchesca Vilmenay: "mud mothers" by Lenelle Moise
  • Emily Hou: "Make Me Human or Give Me Death" by May Yang

In both the preliminary round and the assembly competition, students were judged on their degree of thorough understanding, clear articulation and appropriateness of choice. The judges this year were Laura Beebe, English faculty, Amanda Blicharz, assistant director of the Virginia Wing Library, and Susanna Ryan, Class VIII Dean and English faculty.

The results of the competition will be announced during the all-school awards ceremony on June 10, 2019.