School district poets shine in competition
March 25, 2006
Out of 1,200 statewide entries, 19 Park City students were recognized as unit winners for the Junior Creative Poetry Contest 2006.
Iris Durfee, an English teacher at Treasure Mountain International School, had 10 winners from her class.
She believes that her students did well because of good teaching and involved parents who read to their children on a regular basis.
"I’m just really proud of them," she said.
Dylan Keller, Emily Loughlin, Sophie Hunter Silverstone and Hannah Beal are all advancing to the state competition.
The following students were recognized by the contest:
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Jeremy Ranch Elementary School
Zachary Mimlitz, first place
Jaden Rasch, second place
Myles Rickes, third place
Marina Miller, first honorable mention
Rafael Lucero, second honorable mention
Fulton Dax, special recognition
Ashley Peabody, special recognition
McPolin Elementary School
Gwen Blue, third place
Caroline Davis, special recognition
Treasure Mountain International Middle School
Dylan Keller, first place
Emily Loughlin, first place
Emily Wood, second place
Max Vought, third place
Sophie Hunter-Silverstone, second honorable mention
Traci Shurtleff, third honorable mention
Chloe Sumsion, special recognition
Griffin Lance Pool, special recognition
Kyle Richards, special recognition
Hannah Leighton Beal, special recognition
Below is a sample of the winning poetry:
Passion of the Player
Max Vought, third place winner
He runs, swiftly and nimbly down the field.
His lacrosse stick swings down, heavy and powerful.
Step, spin, dodge.
Like a cheetah, he speeds across the grass.
Suddenly, he spins in a flipping motion.
His legs are one; his feet a rubbery bottom.
His body stretches to a long, slender shaft.
His head gradually angles out.
Arms, are lost – he is held by another force.
His eyes multiply into string.
A rubber ball in his mouth.
He swings, and the ball is shot.
Emily Loughlin, first-place winner
She stands poised
calm, relaxed, peaceful.
She feels not the presence of the spectators,
only the beating of her
The still air fills her lungs
a surge of strength
and she takes flight
like a bird from its perch.
A graceful form,
So agile, so belletic,
and her mind is clear.
And as her body
breaks the smooth surface
it, as her mind, is clear.
For she is
the translucent ripple,
the crystalline tower
And as she rains down,
just for an instant,
catches the light,
like a sparkling diamond.
and once more is calm.