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Skylar Kuroda, a ninth-grader at Seabury Hall, won the grand prize for her poem, “Allied in Adversity,” in Sister Cities International’s annual showcase of young artists and authors. Photo courtesy of Skylar Kuroda

Seabury Hall student Skylar Kuroda was recently announced as the winner of the $1,000 grand prize in the Poets Showcase in the 2021 Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase.

The competition was open to young artists, photographers, authors and musicians whose works underlined the theme of “United in hope. The showcase attracted hundreds of attendees from around the world. Kuroda’s entry was a poem titled “Allies through adversity.”

“During any difficult time, especially now with the global pandemic, people are forced to adapt their daily lives and get used to a new routine and a new way of life,” she says. “In my poem, I chose to focus on how individuals from different walks of life and diverse backgrounds came together during this stressful and uncertain time. Specifically, I did so by incorporating features and sites unique to places and highlighting personal observations I’ve noticed over the past year.

Kuroda’s poem is featured on the Sister Cities International website at sistercities.org/2021-yaas/yaas-winners.

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