WEST CHESTER—On behalf of the West Chester Area Education Association, and with the support and sponsorship of the Chester County Art Association and the Young Rembrandts of Chester County, the 6th Annual Electronic Poetry Competition was launched this spring. The competition encourages students and staff of the West Chester Area School District to submit original poems in any content area or topic of personal interest, including pieces related to visual or audible.
This year, the competition received over 150 creative entries across a wide range of themes. Each poem was a testament to the true power of words and creativity when sharing messages of great significance.
“The West Chester E-Poetry Competition provides a safe platform for student poets to enhance their emotional intelligence and the expression of ideas from curriculum topics, social issues or personal crusades,” said the WC E team. -Poetry, which includes Eileen Hutchinson, Jennifer Ozgur and Amy Thomas. “The WC Poets speak loud and proud, sharing their diverse themes and wonderful words for all to hear!” added the team.
An experienced jury from the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project used a poetry rubric to judge the many poems entered into the contest and determine the final winners. A full summer scholarship to West Chester University Youth Writing Camps and two art scholarships were awarded to the grand prize winners.
The 18 award-winning student and staff poets and artists were honored at a poetry awards ceremony held at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Exton, Pennsylvania. Each winner received a certificate, ribbon, journal and art set after reading their poems in front of a live audience.
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kalia Reynolds was the guest speaker at the event. She shared 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.
The first-ever poetry anthology book of all award-winning poems and artwork will be sent to the main office of each WCASD school building so that anyone visiting the schools can experience the work of the poets.
“We are so grateful to the West Chester Area Education Association, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Chester County Art Association and Young Rembrandts of Chester County for supporting the literacy efforts of this remarkable poetry event!” said the WC E-Poetry team.