Poetic Power

A Creative Communication blog

Featured Student Writer: Molly Corinna Shay

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Molly was attending Newark Charter School in Delaware when her poem, “It Is Very Peaceful in the Fall” was selected as a national Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2014 poetry anthology. This means that out of thousands of poems submitted into the contest, hers was selected as one of the ten best in her grade division. You can view her winning poem by clicking here.

“I wrote ‘It is Very Peaceful in the Fall’ last year, when I was on a walk with Eva and Dad.” Molly explained, “It was very quiet, the street lights were on.  I saw that I had three shadows, and I went home and started the poem. Later, I looked back at my unfinished poem. I wanted to finish it, and I did.”

Molly loves to write, roller blade, play jacks and dominoes, and read. When she gets older, she wants to be a poet. She would like to write books of poetry, give them to hospitals, and read books to the patients.

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

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Featured Student Writer: Camille Shen

image-2Camille was a 7th grader attending Kilmer Middle School in Virginia when her poem, “Take a Pencil in Your Hand” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2014 national poetry contest. This means that her poem was selected as one of the ten best in her age division out of thousands of submitted entries.

“I was inspired to write this piece after I was given an assignment in my creative writing class to write a poem – any style or length; it was completely up to us.” Camille explained, “Since I had writer’s block at the time, I decided to write about my experience with writing- the night before it was due!”

Camille’s hobbies include tennis, violin, and drawing. For now, her goals for the future are to do her best in school, try new things, and do some traveling in the summer. She looks forward to working with other creative writers and developing her own writing style, as well as starting new pieces and projects.

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

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Featured Student Writer: Vivian Tran

Essay picture06162015Vivian Tran was in 5th grade attending Aurora Quest K-8 School in Colorado when her essay, The Sound of Nature, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in the 4-6 grade category. This means that out of thousands of entries submitted into the spring contest from the U.S. and Canada, Vivian’s essay was selected as one of the ten best.

Vivian was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and has felt that being able to grow up in Colorado was beneficial for her. She was able to experience all four seasons and look at the breath-taking Rocky Mountains. “Being able to wake up in such a majestic place each morning is awesome.” Vivian explains, “I love being able to play the piano and hear the birds sing along. Colorado really inspired me to write The Sound of Nature because everywhere you look, you can find something breath-taking, peaceful, relaxing, or incredible.”

Aurora Quest has been a huge part of Vivian’s passion for writing. She has had so many teachers that always remind her about the different wonders of writing. “My teachers have shown me so many different perspectives of writing. Every time I learn something new it reminds me why I love writing.” Vivian also enjoys math and science as well. A few of her hobbies are piano, basketball, math, and of course, writing.

In the future, Vivian hopes to be successful in something that she loves and enjoys doing.

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

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Featured Teacher: Lauren O’Shea Logan

Lauren teaches at Triangle Day School and has participated in our contests since the spring of 2013. She has had over 50 students published in our national anthologies. Additionally, two of Lauren’s students were selected as Top Ten Winners in our Spring 2015 contest. This means that out of several thousand entries submitted into the contest, Lauren’s students were selected as having one of the ten best entries in their grade divisions. Swati Sundar was a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2015 national essay contest for her entry, “Assumer or Understander.” Jacob Pinto was a Top Ten Winner in our Spring 2015 national poetry contest for his entry, “The Uselessness of War.”

We asked Lauren to share with our readers what has helped her to find success in the classroom and keep students motivated.

9B7A0453As a 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher, I am faced with the challenge of engaging students to write.  The majority of kids come to my class feeling like inadequate writers, or that writing is a chore.  Arguably, this could be due to the contentious nature of middle schoolers, yet I believe it’s because so much of their writing goes unnoticed, save for teachers.  So many wonderful pieces of writing eventually find their way to the bottom of locker.  Engaging students to write, and to enjoy writing, begins with a personal relationship in the classroom, an exposure to different styles of writing, and an opportunity to highlight their craft.

Developing personal relationships with students requires a lot of listening, and an acute awareness of their worlds.  By understanding personalities and backgrounds, teachers must offer broad topic choices which will motivate students to write with enthusiasm and precision, even for the most structured writing assignment.  Kids want to write about topics of interest and personal experience.  Additionally, as students begin to learn different writing styles and techniques, teachers must draw upon these interests and experiences, so they can make challenging assignments relevant and to differentiate in the classroom.

Most importantly, however, providing an opportunity for students to highlight their work is pivotal.  Whether a school offers a poetry reading night at a local coffee shop, a literary magazine or school newspaper, or an opportunity to become published, students engage themselves in the challenge, and always rise to the occasion.

Creative Communication has been essential in helping me engage my students in written personal expression, creativity, and thought.  These kids are proud of their work and leave for high school feeling like good writers…..because they are!

You can read another example of how Lauren highlights her students’ work by reading Triangle Day School’s blog on a Poetry Night that she hosted for her students by clicking here.  Thank you to Lauren for all that you do to impact students’ lives and help them become life-long learners!

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

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Featured Student Writer: Kyra Law-Mckenzie

image4Kyra’s essay, “Bullying“, was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2014 national essay contest. At the time of publication, Kyra was a fifth grader attending Shoal Creek Elementary in Georgia.

“I think what inspired me to write my essay is that I know how bullying feels.” Kyra explains, “I have been known as a bully and I have been bullied. I feel nobody wants to be bullied. Also, I think people bully others because they don’t feel good about themselves and they want another person to feel what they’re feeling. I just want to change anything that is affecting anybody’s community in a bad, harmful way.”

In the future, Kyra hopes to keep doing what she is doing with school and try to stay positive and a good influence for others. “I think I could change my community and others’ community, maybe even the world. I think I will and can be the next Oprah Winfrey!”

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

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Featured Student Writer: Morgan Lynch

Morgan was a fourth grader at Thoroughgood Elementary School in Virginia when her poem “World Peace Constitution” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our national poetry contest for students in grades K-12.

“I was inspired to start writing last year during our poetry section in class.” Morgan explains, “We held a poetry reading for our families and I loved it! I wrote this poem at school with the theme The World Would Be a Better Place If… I thought about the lessons I have learned from Girl Scouts and through my community service as I was writing.”

In the future, Morgan hopes to write her own book of poetry like her idol Shel Silverstein. She also wants to attend college and research a cure for cancer.

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

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Featured Student Writer: Chloe Nam

ChloeNChloe was a 1st grader attending Lemont Elementary School in Pennsylvania when her poem “Ocean” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our national poetry contest. This means that her poem was selected as one of the ten best poems in the K-3 grade division out of thousands of entries submitted.

Chloe loves reading, skiing, and swimming. Her favorite book is The Only Thing Worse Than Witches.  At school, she enjoys the library, math, and music.

“I wrote ‘Ocean’ because I was excited about going on a trip to the ocean and getting away from the long Pennsylvania winters.” Chloe explains.

In the future, Chloe wants to be an artist who paints murals. She also plans to paint a picture of a nice calm ocean.

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

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Featured Student Writer: Angelissa Delgado

photoAngelissa Delgado is eight years old and attended third grade at Lake Eola Charter School in Orlando, Florida this last year. Angelissa’s poem “Nature’s Life” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2014 national poetry contest for student writers.

Nature’s Life” is based on Earth Day. Angelissa wanted to create a peaceful, magical kind of poem. She hopes her poem will help people think about nature a bit more and encourage everyone to see the good things about nature. She wants readers to look past the outside of nature and look at the beauties that it creates. She hopes her audience sees her view of what nature is:  The LIFE of the outdoors. She wants her audience to feel happy and understand nature’s gifts.

Angelissa loves the outdoors and looks for inspiration from nature for her writing. She realized how her pond outside her home was still, but the wind was pushing it. She wondered how that was happening without waves. She realized everything in nature, every single detail, is important to everyone. Every life must know how nature lives.

 A little more information about Angelissa:SI855721

  • She holds the title of Miss Isla del Encanto-Miss Island of Enchantment
  • She has represented PR in front of all the nations in the World of Nations in Jacksonville, FL.
  • She is a singer, dancer, model, and fashionista.
  • She is a good student and loves her teachers.
  • She helps and volunteers for non-profit organizations and has collected toys for poor children and for Toys for Tots.
  • She is Queen of Volksfamily Car Club.
  • She has opened several festivals and parades in Florida and PR.
  • She has met many high-elected officials.
  • She has been in talk shows on the radio.
  • She was a participant of Odyssey of the Mind and Choir at her school.

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

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Featured Student Writer: Katie Gergel

IMG_0509Katie has loved to write for as long as she can remember.  Her Aunt (Jessica Treadway) is an author who teaches Creative Writing at Emerson College in Boston.  As soon as Katie was old enough to write, her aunt would bring her bound blank books whenever she would come visit, and Katie would fill them with stories and pictures.

Katie’s poem “Chocolate Covered Pretzels” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Fall 2014 national poetry contest. This means that her poem was recognized as one of the ten best poems in the 10-12 grade division out of thousands of entries submitted into the contest.

Katie is a member of her school’s literary magazine.  She is also involved in Physics Olympics and Astronomy Club at her school.  She started playing tennis when she was eight years old, and has played varsity tennis all throughout high school.

In the future, Katie would love to pursue creative writing in college. Her ultimate goal is to be a screen writer or a comedy writer for a show like Saturday Night Live.

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

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Featured Student Writer: Sarah Lins

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Sarah is a student at St. Patrick School in Troy, Ohio. Her poem “Robins” was selected as a Top Ten Winner in our Summer 2014 poetry contest. You can view her winning poem by clicking here.

In addition to writing poetry and reflections in her journal, Sarah enjoys horseback riding and running.  She and her sister have a pet-sitting business called “Furry Friends and More.”  Sarah has a great love for all animals, especially her dogs (Lucky and Hank), cat (Sunday), turtle (Bill), and goldfish (Goldy, Sally, and Mr. Gills).  Sarah is very excited to have been chosen as a winner in the Summer 2014 contest!

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

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