Announces Winners of
High School Poetry Contest 2013
First Place Prize Goes to Kaylee Oh,
Senior at Wellington High School
Other Student Winners Include
* Charlotte Kirk, Sophomore at the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches
* Sierra Pelizza, Senior at Wellington High School
* Samuel Dash, Sophomore at the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches
* Rachel Labes, Freshman at Dreyfoos School of the Arts
(Delray Beach, FL – January 23, 2013) Miles Coon, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and Blaise Allen, Ph.D., the Festival’s Director of Community Outreach, today announced the winners of the annual High School Poetry Contest. This year’s prize poets are two seniors at Wellington High School, two sophomores from the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches and a freshman at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.
The first place prize (two passes to the Festival and $100) was awarded to Kaylee Oh, a senior at Wellington High School, for her poem Advice.
The next four winners, who will each receive two Festival passes and $25, are in order of their placement:
+ Charlotte Kirk, a sophomore the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, for her poem, Changing Seasons.
+ Sierra Pelizza, a senior at Wellington High School, for the poem, One Request.
+ Samuel Dash, a sophomore at the Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches, for his poem, The Attic.
+ Rachel Labes, a freshman at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, for her poem, One man’s beginning, another’s end.
Open to Palm Beach County public and private high school students, Dr. Jeff Morgan judged nearly 300 entries. In addition to the Festival passes and cash prizes, the winning students will have their poems published on the Festival’s web site (www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org)
In addition, The Palm Beach Poetry Festival Annual High School Performance Poetry Project included special appearances on January 25 by award-winning poets, Marty McConnell and Rives, at both Spanish River High School and Wellington High School.
About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2013:
Eight of America’s most gifted poets, including the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, are in Delray Beach this week to teach workshops for qualified writers of poetry and share public readings and panel discussions, including former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins and Tracy K. Smith, the most recent Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry.
The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, the Windler Group of Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney’s Atlanta Office; the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County , the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council and the Board of Commissioners of Palm Beach County; The Palm Beach Post; WPBI-FM Classical South Florida; and Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach’s independent bookseller. All events take place in the Crest Theatre and Vintage Gymnasium of Old School Square in Delray Beach.
Last year, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival received the prestigious Muse Award for Outstanding Arts & Cultural Organization (budget under $500,000) from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. In 2010, the Festival received an Arts Challenge Grant from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For more information about the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, please visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.
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(Photo by Michiko Kurisu)
(L-R) Sierra Pelizza, Kaylee Oh, Rachael Labes, Charlotte Kirk, Samuel Dash
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:
Dr. Blaise Allen