Although poetry has always been linked to Valentine’s Day, why is it so important to that day of love? People use poetry as a way to express how they feel or what they see around them, making their hearts warm. People use poetry in all sorts of ways.
For Starmount, Jaclyn Hughes holds an annual contest to see who can make the faculty judges melt. But not only should the poem’s content contain the theme of love, the poetry should show off complex thinking and writing skills. Concerning the poetry contest, students were asked: what do you think about the contest?
“I think that the contest overall is a great idea,” said Gracee Shore, who participated.
The contest is challenging, but if a student digs down deep and thinks about it, people just want to express themselves.
Angelle Garner answered along similar lines. “This contest has challenged me to come out of my shell as people don’t enter contests because they are fearful of being made fun of.”
Most people are timid of what may happen when it comes to entering a contest, but they dared to be themselves and express what they feel in this annual contest. Students also had a chance to play games and enjoy each other’s company as they analyzed the poetry submissions.
In my opinion, their poems were amazing. Who knew that the person I talk to every day or the person I see walking the halls had that talent hiding within? This year’s contest was a hit, and the student body is hoping next year that more people will be willing to enter the contest so that they can witness a different side of those students that is rarely seen despite walking the halls with them each day.
This year’s winners were Sarah Wagoner, taking first place with her poem about marriage vows and everlasting love. Emily Spann came in second with her “Ode to Romance,” and Daniel Johnson, a junior, placed third with his poem about love and its lasting impression.
Hannah Kaufman is a member of Starmount High’s Journalism club.