WEST CHESTER, PA – Eighteen students and staff from the West Chester Area School District have won prizes in the 6th Annual Electronic Poetry Competition in which 150 students submitted poems on any subject with visual and audible works of art.
The winners were recently honored at a poetry awards ceremony held at Barnes & Noble in Exton.
The competition provided a safe platform for student poets to improve their emotional intelligence and the expression of ideas from curricular topics, social issues or personal crusades, according to E-Poetry team leaders Eileen Hutchinson, Jennifer Ozgur and Amy Thomas.
The competition is organized by the West Chester Area Education Association with the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Art Association and the Young Rembrandts of Chester County.
It was judged by members of the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project Leaders at West Chester University.
Each winner received a certificate, ribbon, journal and art set after reading their poems in front of a live audience.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kalia Reynolds expressed her enthusiasm for writing with Bits of Wisdom for Young Poets.
“This competition and the final ceremony not only provide our students with an incredible opportunity to showcase their passion and talent, but also to challenge themselves to confidently share their art with an audience,” said Reynolds.
A poetry anthology book of all winning poems and artwork will be sent to the main offices of each school in the district.