This year there were 1179 entries from students throughout Jackson County! Entries were received from 33 Jackson County schools representing 12 school districts as well as charter and parochial schools. In addition, 32 home-schooled students submitted poetry. The judges were extremely impressed with the efforts displayed in the poems submitted.
Letters will be sent to the winning student authors inviting them, their family members, friends and teachers to attend the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium at the Middle School at Parkside. Barry Louis Polisar will be speaking and we will be presenting the student prizes, certificates and ribbons at this ceremony. The students will read their poems and recordings will be available on the Library website. In addition to the usual prizes, student award winners this year will also receive a signed copy of one of Barry Louis Polisar’s books.
While in Jackson, Barry will be visiting schools for presentations to students who participated in this year’s contest. He will also be presenting a special family night program to be held Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Middle School at Parkside.
Congratulations to the following teachers
Teachers who had the most student entries in each grade level will receive a special award to be presented books at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
Leanne Moore, Parnall Elementary School
Dakota Bahlau, George Long Elementary School
Amber Keathley, Parnall Elementary School
Jill Barney, Jackson Christian Elementary School
Cathy Walker, Bertha Robinson Elementary School
Jennifer Raburn, Hanover-Horton Elementary School
Deda DeCapo, Hanover-Horton Middle School
Becky Adams-Hutchinson, Concord Middle School
Leslie Schmidt, Columbia Middle School
Kim Samson, Columbia Central High School
Shelley Job, Hanover-Horton High School
Brenda Ortega, Vandercook Lake High School
Sherril Studley, Concord High School