2019 National Federation of State Poetry Societies MANNINGHAM TRUST STUDENT POETRY WINNERS

Junior Division  Grades 6 through 8th

Judge:   Jana Bouma, Madison Lake, Minnesota

Cash Awards

1st Place    “This Big, Dark World” Bella Robinson, Portland, Oregon,  Grade 6

2nd Place  “My Childhood Poem” William Riebel, Salem, Oregon,  Grade 8

3rd Place  “Thinking Ocean” Caitlin Buffington, Centennial Colorado,  Grade 8

4th Place  “Views of a Vermillion Vineyard” Hannah Philip, Coppell, Texas, Grade 8

5th Place  “Ode in His Memory” Remy Finn, Dallas, Texas,  Grade 8

Honorable Mentions

1st HM  “A Wish or a Want?” Khaki Criss, Dallas, Texas, Grade 8

2nd HM  “A Little Too Familiar” Rachel Haynes, Centennial, Colorado, Grade 8

3rd  HM  I spoke a single word. Marcus Beebe, Jr., Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, Grade 8

4th HM “Ode to a Scrunchy” Catherine Gillette, Ferandina Beach, Florida, Grade 8

5th  HM  “Swish Swoosh!” Zainab Nazeer, Lombard, Illinois, Grade 6

Senior Division   Grades 9 through 12th

Judge:   Christina Flaugher, Mapleton, Minnesota

Cash Awards

1st Place  “apothecary of cheongdam-dong” Sarah Kim,  Hinsdale, Illinois  Grade 12

2nd Place “Flying Pitch, Skip” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

3rd Place  “Home Is Far from Where I Stand” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

4th Place  “Gut Reflex” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

5th Place  “and if only” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

Honorable Mentions

1st HM “Monsoon Emblem” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

2nd HM “Alchemy Hour”  Jenna Sawyer, Uniontown, Ohio Grade 11

3rd HM “Pluto” Mykaela Reed, Sugar Grove, Ohio Grade 10

4th HM “When the Dinner Bell Rings” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

5th HM  “Art Poetica” Joe Chen, Lima, Ohio  Grade 12

Special mentions

“Bedtime Story” Isabella Jiang, Cresskill, New Jersey  Grade 11

“Burned Pancakes” Ellen Pearson, Beaverton, Oregon  Grade 12

“Video Game Girl” Alana Scherer, West Des Moines, Iowa Grade 10

“We Meet Again, Beethoven” Nathan Phuong, Fort Wayne, Indiana  Grade 11

“Elegy for the Lost Soul” Gloria Wang, Vienna, Virginia Grade 11

Judge’s Comments:  WOW! What an honor to be asked to judge these stunning poems. I have so much hope for the next generation of poets in this country after reading these poems. Going in I thought this would be easy and these amazingly talented young people blew me out of the water.   The top 40 poems were all strong, beautiful and touched a chord deep inside me. It made the judging extremely difficult. I wish I could have given twenty more awards. I got it down to fifteen and couldn’t go any lower. The wisdom and poise of these poem is stunning. I want to get know every single one of the winners because there’s so much that can learned from them. Thank you for the chance to experience these amazing works. 

OPA Congratulates the 2019 Cascadia Contest Winners!

OPA and contest co-chairs Tiel Aisha Ansari and Lisa Baldwin congratulate Oregon’s vibrant and talented community of young poets and their teachers.

Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

“Room 8” by Ayala Albrecht, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“Grandma” by Henry Finot, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner      

“The Bus Ride” by Hazel Hall, Buckman Elementary School, teacher Tor Rockness

“I Love Making Gingerbread Houses” by Lawson Harter, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“The Beginning” by Rose Kerber, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“My Cruise in Hawaii” by Elena May, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner           

“Mavis” by Kiana Medlock, Battle Creek Elementary School, teacher Corey Kadaja           

“My Feelings” by Bear Mueller, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“Listen” by Madleine Watt,  Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner      

“The Launch” by Roger Wood, Silvies River Charter School, teacher Mariah Kemp

Division II: Third through Fifth Grade

“Sorrowful Wind” by Micah Alvarez, Dayton Grade School, teacher Tonya Hill    

“Understanding” by Emerson Bay, Heritage School, teacher Glen Olsen                

“Late Light ” by Eliza Hardiman, Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

“It Makes Me Be Me” by Fiona McGrath, Bolton Primary School, teacher Amy Sebastian           

“Horrible Birthday To You” by Morgan Powell, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Jim Juntunen        

“You belong with me… ” by Alina Villa, Dayton Grade School, teacher Tonya Hill                       

“My Chickens! My Chickens! ” by Levi Whitley, Keating Elementary School, teacher Amanda Wilde

“Cynthia’s ‘I wants’” by Rubina Wiedemer, Homeschool, teacher Matthew Wiedemer           

“Math ” by Wyatt Wirth, Keating Elementary School, teacher Amanda Wilde                    

“The Worst in Us ” by Nikhil Wuppalapati, Springville K-8 School, teacher Laura Doolittle         

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

“Moon over the water” by Amy Amato, Roots Academy, teacher Jessica Cavanaugh           

“What Was Going Through Our Minds is a Mystery” by Naomi Donaldson, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard              

“Almostness” by Saul Drucker, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard

“Trees” by Cody Geer, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett                     

“Alone” by WeiLai Nathan, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard  

“MY CHILDHOOD POEM” by Wiliam Riebel, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett

“Childhood Poem” by Katherine Rincon Rodriguez, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett

“This Big, Dark, World” by Bella Robinson, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard         

“On Freedon Hill” by Catherine Ruzicka, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard         

“Gone” by Chris Ruzicka, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

“The River” by Zach Brown, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Dependency” by Samantha Conley, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Do Not Disturb” by Janice Gara, Woodburn Academy of Art, Science, and Technology, teacher Chloe Avila

“Show the Light” by Nelly Gridnar, Wellness, Business and Sport School, teacher Charles Sanderson

“What It used to be” by Yaz Howard, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“I Understand” by Ricci Mendes, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Burned Pancakes” by Ellen Pearson, Southridge High School, teacher Susan Murai

“Numbing Needles” by Cassie Riley, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher

“The Water Bear Sonnet” by Helena Soares, Silvies River Charter School, teachers Kim Crosby and Mariah Komp

“NIGHT” by Clea Thomas, St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

OPA Congratulates the 2018 Manningham Winners!

We thank the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, as well as Budd Powell Mahan, Manningham Youth Chair.

Second Place Senior Division (Grades 9 – 12)

Anna Lipari, Creation Myths, St. Mary’s Academy, Portland, teacher Sara Salvi

Fifth Place Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8)

Christopher Rogers, The Life of a Short Kid, Judson Middle School, Salem, teacher Karen Kinnett

Fourth Place Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8)

Carlie Cieri, Just Me, Judson Middle School, Salem, teacher Karen Kinnett

First Place Junior Division (Grades 6 – 8)

Madison Monahan, You Are Not Defined, Judson Middle School, Salem, teacher Karen Kinnett