School district poets shine in competition |

School district poets shine in competition

Several students from Park City named Junior Creative Poetry Contest Winners.

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:

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.

The Diver

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

and then

a surge of strength

and she takes flight

like a bird from its perch.

A graceful form,

falling, flowing,

twisting, twirling.

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

of water.

And as she rains down,

just for an instant,

catches the light,

like a sparkling diamond.

Then disperses

and once more is calm.

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