Poetic Power

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Featured Student Writer: Abby Winterstein

imageAbby is a student at Southside Christian School in North Carolina.  Her essay, “Hesitation“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2012 national essay contest.  This means that her essay was one of the ten best in her age division out of hundreds of essays sent in from the United States and Canada.

Writing has been a hobby of Abby’s for a long time.  “Hesitation” was inspired by the human tendencies to procrastinate various items in life.  “I know that I struggle with making decisions countless times.” Abby explains, “I have learned though, the secret to making up my mind. 2 Timothy 2:15 says, Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. Paul, the writer, is saying here that there is no need to be ashamed of godly decisions — therefore, we are to know the Truth and act (decisively) according to It’s principles. Also, James 5:12 states, But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.  I’m convicted here to not only mean what I say…but to also know what I am to do — and not hesitate. Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading is what I strive for.”

Abby’s goals for the future include following the direction of the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, and serving Him in any way.  To Abby, this could mean teaching, or even ministering to young children.  In any way, Abby prays that she will be able to shine for Christ.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Emily Daluga

feature1-15Emily is a senior attending Libertyville High School in Illinois.  Her poem, “Irrational Love“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2012 national poetry contest.

A few of Emily’s hobbies include writing, singing, playing tennis, hanging out with friends, and reading.  Her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, and John Green.  Emily is shown in the picture to the left with two of her friends, she is the one in the middle.

“Irrational Love” was inspired, of course, by irrational love.  Emily fell head over heels for a guy who was incredibly logical.  “His rational plans for his future greatly contrasted my dream of becoming a writer.” Emily explains, “I realized that I didn’t want to be apart from this guy just because we were different. The cliché of having my head in the clouds crossed my mind as I was thinking of my situation, so I sat down at my computer to see what I could write, since writing is really my best method of sorting out my emotions; the result was ‘Irrational Love’.”

Emily is both excited and nervous to be heading to college next year.  Her future plans including writing, writing, and more writing.  Emily plans to attend college to study creative writing in the hope of bettering her literary skills.  Although Emily would love to write a best-selling novel, even if her novel is never a “best-seller”, she would be thrilled to see her book published and on the shelves of a Barnes and Nobles.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www. PoeticPower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Kelsey Baer

Whistling through the trees
Dancing softly against
Your ears
Going through the cracks in the floor
Making a sweet lullaby

IMG_2454Kelsey is a third grader at Peabody Elementary School in Colorado.  Her poem, “Wind“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner for our Summer 2012 national poetry contest.  This means that Kelsey had one of the ten best poems for her age division in the United States and Canada.

Kelsey is a wonderful example of never giving up.  She was encouraged to write a poem for our contest by her third grade teacher, Mrs. Carrington.   “I was disappointed to learn my first entry was not chosen.  Despite my hesitation, I tried again.  Imagine my surprise to find that not only was my second poem chosen, but it was chosen as a Top Ten Winner.  I was proud and excited especially when I saw the $25 cash award.  I can now say I am a published author.  The future looks bright.  Thank you Creative Communication for helping me to be a published author. ”

In the future, Kelsey plans to go to college to be a teacher and write children’s books.  Her hobbies include playing the clarinet, hanging out with fiends, and reading.

To learn more about our national writing contests, please visit www.PoeticPower.com.

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