Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Carmen Ponzio

CarmenPonzioCarmen is a third grade student at Elmwood Elementary School in Illinois.  Her poem, “Bells of Joy“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2012 national poetry contest.

One of Carmen’s favorite school activities is writing.  “I love the arts.” Carmen states. “I love creating songs, art, stories, screen plays, and designing clothes and cool outfits.”  Carmen’s poem, “Bells of Joy”, was actually written as a song.  “It has a tune, a chorus, and an cool ending. My mom and I sat down to the piano to figure out the tune.”

Music and writing are Carmen’s most favorite things in the world other than her family, her best friend Nina, and swimming.  Carmen sings almost every word she hears.  Carmen explains, “The best thing about writing and music is the things you imagine, remember and think about are what come out in the words, song and tune. I can’t stop! It is like you have never eaten before, and someone puts a double fudge, sour gummy worm, every ice cream sundae in front of you!”

Carmen’s future plans include becoming a dentist because she loves healthy, happy, and shiny white smiles!

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

Leave a comment »

Featured Student Writer: Nicole Winans

NicoleWinasNicole Winans is a freshman at East Allen University in Indiana.  Her essay, “The Secret Art Gallery”, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2012 national essay contest.

Math is one of Nicole’s favorite subjects.  She also enjoys sports, art, and drama.  In her free time, Nicole cooks, hula hoops, and writes.

“The Secret Art Gallery” is about the beauty of nature.  Nicole explains, “[My essay] was inspired by the wonderful world around me.  I feel like we so often take nature for granted.  However, when you go outside with open eyes, it opens up a whole new realm.  Our world is filled with natural, beautiful art.”

Click here to read Nicole’s essay. To learn more about our national writing contests, visit www.PoeticPower.com.

Leave a comment »

Featured Student Writer: Pauline Truong

“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” — Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

imagePauline Truong is currently a junior at Gabrielino High School. After reading and analyzing To Kill A Mockingbird, she was inspired to write about others and her insights and realizations. Though Pauline is often inspired by family members, teachers, and peers, there are times she explores her realizations in contrast with those of literary writers, such as Walt Whitman, Harper Lee, Arthur Miller, and many more. Motivated, dedicated, and compassionate, Pauline utilizes writing as a means to not only express ideas, but also open new perceptions. When asked to describe what writing means to her, she explains that “a word must have value in order for a picture to be worth a thousand words.”

Pauline wrote a nonfiction narrative, A Live Bleeding Heart, during her sophomore year at Gabrielino High School as a reflection of her grave experience watching a family member die of cancer. The experience opens Pauline to cherish family moments, view others’ perception, and understand the importance of writing.  “A Live Bleeding Heart” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in Creative Communication’s Spring 2012 national essay contest.  This means that Pauline’s essay was one of the ten best essays submitted in the United States and Canada in her grade division out of thousands of essays entered into the contest.

Pauline plans to pursue a science career that she is passionate for and desires to both help others and develop as an individual and leader.

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

 

Leave a comment »