Poetic Power

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Featured Student Writer: Ann Marcelli

IMG_2385Ann is a senior attending Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico and will graduate this May. “Cottonwood Leaves” was her original essay that was accepted for publication in our Summer 2014 national writing contest.

“The idea for my essay, Cottonwood Leaves, came to mind this summer when I began filling out college applications and preparing for my senior year, which is possibly my last in my hometown of Albuquerque.” Ann explains, “I live near the Rio Grande bosque, where the cottonwood trees lining the riverbank turn the most beautiful shade of yellow when autumn hits. My essay was inspired by the change of seasons and its correlation with my own transition.”

In the future, Ann hopes to attend college in another state and major in Sports Broadcast and Journalism with a minor in English. Her dream is to work for a top news outlet as an analyst and someday write a memoir.

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

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Featured Student Writer: Robby Rigano

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Robby was 12 years old and going into 7th grade at Pine View School in Osprey, Florida when he was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2014 essay contest. This means that Robby’s essay was one of the ten best submitted into the contest out of thousands of entries from the United States and Canada. You can read his winning essay by clicking here.

“My essay, Listen with Your Heart, was inspired by my brother, Anthony, who has autism.” Robby explains, “My hope is to spread awareness about this condition and how people are ‘differently abled.’  I am not a big fan of the word ‘disabled!!'”

To learn more about our national writing contest, go to www.poeticpower.com.

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Featured Student Writer: Jennifer Pinto

cm1Jennifer was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2013 national essay contest. At the time, she was 17 years old attending Elizabethtown High School in Kentucky, where she lives with her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Carmen and Deborah Pinto, and her twin brother, Jason. You can view her winning essay, “Snowflakes: Dazzlingly Deceptive”, by clicking here.

Jennifer is involved in various school clubs, such as Spanish Club, Beta Club, and Y-Club. She also participates in dance and her church choir. Jennifer has a self-run cake decorating business with one of her best friends. She also enjoys baking and cooking in general, reading (especially classics), and creative writing.

“I got my inspiration for Snowflakes: Dazzlingly Deceptive after struggling my whole life with expectations.” Jennifer explains, “I have always loved school and strive in my classes, so most of the expectations have come from an academic standpoint. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA is one thing, but I have always been afraid of letting other people down if I do not meet the standards that I have set for myself. Comparing these expectations to snowflakes was an abstract way to share something that I am still dealing with today.”

In the future, Jennifer would like to major in English and become a high school English teacher. English has always been her favorite subject, and her freshman English teacher further inspired her to go in this direction with her future career.

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

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