Winners of the High School Poetry Contest 2014
Three Students from Dreyfoos School of the Arts and
One Each from Riviera Beach Maritime Academy & Wellington High School
(Delray Beach, FL – January 27, 2014) Miles Coon, Director of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and Blaise Allen, Ph.D., the Festival’s Director of Community Outreach, recently celebrated the winners of the annual Palm Beach County High School Poetry Contest. This year’s prize poets were two seniors and a sophomore from Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, a junior at the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy and a senior at Wellington High School.
The first place prize (two passes to the Festival and $100) went to Abigail Miller, a senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, for her poem Crescent Moons.
The next four winners, who each received two Festival passes and $25, were:
+ Kenneth Haliburton, a junior at the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy, for his poem, Handbrake Turn.
+ Juliana Diatezua, a senior at Wellington High School, for the poem, Ways to Disappear.
+ Tessa Bravata, a senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, for her poem, Rebel Gum.
+ Tiffany Abreu, a sophomore at Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, for her poem, Wisps.
Open to Palm Beach County public and private high school students, a pre-selection committee of Lorraine Stanchich-Brown and Adele Alexandre reviewed 366 entries, narrowing the list to 25 finalists, and the winner was chosen by Dr. Jeff Morgan of Lynn University. In addition to the Festival passes and cash prizes, the poems by the winning students were posted on the Festival’s web site (www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org).
About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival:
The 10th annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival was held January 20-25 at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, and it featured more than a dozen top poets including U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. This year’s Festival was generously sponsored by Morgan Stanley, the Windler Group of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta Office; the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council and the Board of County Commissioners of Palm Beach County; The Palm Beach Post (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/
(All IDs are L-R / Photos by Corby Kaye's Studio Palm Beach)
1. Tiffany Abreu, Abigail Miller, Kenneth Haliburton, Juliana Diatezua, Tessa Bravata
2. Dr. Blaise Allen, Tiffany Abreu, Abigail Miller, Miles Coon, Kenneth Haliburton, Juliana Diatezua, Tessa Bravata, Dr. Jeff Morgan