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2015 Young Poets Contest Winners


2015 Young Poets Contest Prize Winning Entries

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.

  • Kindergarten

    Leanne Moore, Parnall Elementary School

  • 1st Grade

    Dakota Bahlau, George Long Elementary School

  • 2nd Grade

    Amber Keathley, Parnall Elementary School

  • 3rd Grade

    Jill Barney, Jackson Christian Elementary School

  • 4th Grade

    Cathy Walker, Bertha Robinson Elementary School

  • 5th Grade

    Jennifer Raburn, Hanover-Horton Elementary School

  • 6th Grade

    Deda DeCapo, Hanover-Horton Middle School

  • 7th Grade

    Becky Adams-Hutchinson, Concord Middle School

  • 8th Grade

    Leslie Schmidt, Columbia Middle School

  • 9th Grade

    Kim Samson, Columbia Central High School

  • 10th Grade

    Shelley Job, Hanover-Horton High School

  • 11th Grade

    Brenda Ortega, Vandercook Lake High School

  • 12th Grade

    Sherril Studley, Concord High School

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