Poetry contest

Cupertino Rotary offers online poetry contest and records record participation

COVID-19 has forced many organizations to rethink how we connect with each other.

The Rotary Club of Cupertino has stepped up to continue much of its programming, despite the pandemic, by moving things online.

He hosted the annual “Cupertino Rotary Poetry Contest” on Zoom on Wednesday. The event honored students from the Fremont Union School District and Cupertino Union Colleges.

Rotary bills the event as one that “encourages our local students to understand the importance of the art form, poetry, and helps develop creative expression.”

“Cupertino Rotary has been able to continue this great program, providing students with a semblance of normalcy and helping to serve as an outlet to deal with the melancholy of social separation,” said Jeff Moe, contest chair.

The new format, with its increased accessibility, made it easier for more students to participate.

“This year’s participation in the poetry contest was almost 50% higher than last year’s record participation,” Moe added.

Winners of this year’s poetry contest, by Cupertino Rotary:

From the Cupertino Union colleges: Grace Key, Chelsea Guo and Caitlin Zhou. From Fremont Union: Aashrita Natesan, Alyssa Umino and Chloe Kwon.