OPA Congratulates Cascadia 2020 Winners!

Division I : K-2

All poems in this division came from 2nd graders in this class:

Scouters Mountain Elementary

10811 SE 172nd Ave.

Happy Valley, OR 97086

Teacher—Stephenie Rhea

Abbie Johnson

Azam Yusuf

Corbin Kassab

Elsa Witkowski

Scarlet Herzog

Division II: 3-5

Christian Graham, 3rd grade

Keating Elementary

41964 Miles Bridge Road

Baker City, OR 97814

Teacher—Mrs. Amanda Wilde

Jacob Hill, 3rd grade

Tualatin Elementary School

20405 SW. 95th Ave.

Tualatin, OR 97062

Teacher—Kathryn Lepore

Kashton Anderson, 3rd grade

Keating Elementary

41964 Miles Bridge Road

Baker City, OR 97814

Teacher—Mrs. Amanda Wilde

Kumi Hosaka, 3rd grade

Scouters Mountain Elementary

10811 SE 172nd Ave.

Happy Valley, OR 97086

Teacher—Stephenie Rhea

Malcolm Ly, 3rd grade

Scouters Mountain Elementary

10811 SE 172nd Ave.

Happy Valley, OR 97086

Teacher—Stephenie Rhea

Relia Carrere, 4th grade

Adams Elementary School

950 W. 22nd Ave.

Eugene, OR 97405

Teacher—Jacob Havner

Roger Wood, 3rd grade

Silvies River Charter School

4579 14th Place, South

Salem, OR 97302

Teacher—Sophia Wood

Rubina Wiedemer, 4th grade

Homeschool

440 SW Sutherland Way

Aloha, OR 97006

Teacher—Matthew Wiedemer

Satya Pinney, 4th grade

Create Solutions Tutoring

673 Berry Lane

Ashland, OR 97520

Teacher—Sara-Lynne Simpson

Sunny Soloweij, 3rd grade

Create Solutions Tutoring

673 Berry Lane

Ashland, OR 97520

Teacher—Sara-Lynne Simpson

Division III: 6-8

Bronson Watts, 7th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Celia Wood, 7th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Claire Hunsberger, 8th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Lan Yu Wilson, 7th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Liam Dubal, 8th grade

The Marylhurst School

19915 Old River Drive

West Linn, OR  97068

Teacher—Mary Mahorney

Liana Kressel, 8th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Lily Manne, 6th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Noam Peleg, 6th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Sadie Tucker, 6th grade

Create Solutions Tutoring

673 Berry Lane

Ashland, OR 97520

Teacher—Sara-Lynne Simpson

Zoe Sweek, 6th grade

Portland Jewish Academy

6651 SW Capitol Hwy.

Portland, OR  97219

Teacher—Harriet Wingard

Division IV: 9-12

Abbey Renfro-Gonzalez, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Amelia Leonard, 12th grade

St. Mary’s Academy

1615 SW 5th Ave.

Portland, OR 97201

Teacher—Sara Salvi

Amy Amato, 9th grade

South Salem High School

740 McGilchrist St., SE

Salem, OR 97302

Teacher—Jessica Cavanaugh

Ellyannah Little, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Helena Soares, 10th grade

Silvies River Charter School

4579 14th Place, South

Salem, OR 97302

Teacher—Sophia Wood

Jaiden Lehman, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Jazmine Russell, 11th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Marcy Weiss, 12th grade

Thurston High School

333 58th Street

Springfield, OR 97478

Teacher—Caroline Koopford

Myah Strand, 12th grade

Grants Pass High School-Gladiola Campus

1137 SE Gladiola

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Teacher—Jennifer Rood

Siena Dattke, 10th grade

Summit High School

2855 NW Clearwater Drive

Bend, OR 97703

Teacher—Bobby McCrea

CASCADIA 2020: Deadline Extended to January 31st

Call for Submissions!

The Oregon Poetry Association sponsors CASCADIA 2020: Oregon’s annual K-12 student poetry contest.  Open for submissions October 15 through JANUARY 31, 2020

Cascadia, the Oregon Student Poetry Contest, serves to nurture poetic talent of young Oregonians by providing an opportunity for their poems to be widely shared, published, and celebrated.

Ten unranked winners in each of four age categories receive $10 cash prizes. All forty winning poems will be published in Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology. Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of the anthology at the award ceremony in April.

The ten winning poems in both the middle and high school divisions are eligible and may be sent to the annual Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NSFPS). This national competition also awards cash prizes and publication in an anthology.

Former Cascadia award winners include Sophia Mautz, Portland Youth Poet Laureate and Scholastic Art & Writing Awards fellow, as well as South Medford alumnus Kylan Rice, whose poetry can be sampled online at http://dailydoseoflit.com/2012/08/21/poem-kylan-rice/ and http://www.softblow.org/kylanrice.html. Winning poems have also been featured in Chalkboard, the newsletter of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English; read them at http://www.octe.org/uploads/1/7/8/6/17860185/chalkboard.2014.spring.pdf

Writing poetry to enter in the contest is often a class project organized by teachers in the various types of schools. OPA urges parents and teachers to encourage students to enter the contest. This is an excellent opportunity both to encourage and to reward creativity in Oregon students.

OPA is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to:

            • build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets

            • provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another

            • further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state

            • raise awareness of Oregon poets.

Visit us at oregonpoets.org  (See “Student Poetry Resources” under the RESOURCES tab)

Mail entries to:

Lisa E. Baldwin, contest chair
Cascadia Student Poetry Contest   
1252 Redwood Ave., PMB 136
Grants Pass, OR 97527-5592

Questions? Contact Student Contest Chair

2020 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Guidelines

Poems accepted between October 15, 2019 and JANUARY 31, 2020 (new postmark deadline)

Division I: Kindergarten – Grade 2

Division II: Grade 3 – Grade 5

Division III: Grade 6 – Grade 8

Division IV: Grade 9 – Grade 12

Contest open to all K-12 students throughout the state of Oregon, including public, private, parochial and home school students.

Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry Contest Anthology, in which all 40 winning poems will be published. Winners will be announced in March 2020; there will be an award ceremony in Spring 2020, at which students will be invited to read their poems.

All winners in Divisions III and IV may be entered into the nationwide 2020 Manningham Trust Student Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. This contest also awards cash prizes and a publication furnished to Manningham Contest winners.

Cascadia Student Contest Rules

  1. Submit one original poem (your own individual creative work) on any subject, in any style or form, with a maximum of 40 lines. The poem must be titled, except for haiku, senryu, or limerick.
  2. Type or word process your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 1/2 X 11 white paper, one side only, in a standard 10-12 point type face; no fancy fonts, graphics, or illustrations. Use black ink.
  3. Send two copies of your poem.

ON THE FIRST COPY, in the upper right hand corner, type your category (I, II, III, or IV) and grade level, name, school, school address and phone number, and the name (first and last)of your writing teacher. Also on this copy, type the following statement: This poem is my own original creative work and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other author’s work, including poems posted on the Internet. Then, sign your name below the statement of originality.

ON THE SECOND COPY, type the category and grade level only—check to make sure your name does not appear anywhere on this copy.

  • Mail to:

Lisa E. Baldwin, contest chair
Cascadia Student Poetry Contest                                              
1252 Redwood Ave., PMB 136
Grants Pass, OR 97527-5592

The deadline is JANUARY 31, 2020 (postmarked).

2020 Cascadia Student Poetry Contest Checklist

  • The one best poem you are submitting is your own original work and no more than 40 lines
  • Your poem is typed or word processed on one sheet of standard 8.5×11 white paper, black ink
  • Your poem appears on one side of the paper only in a standard 12-point font
  • You are sending two copies of your poem
  • One copy has your poem & in the upper right corner, the Division (I, II, III, or IV), your grade, your name, your school, your school’s address and phone, & your teacher’s first and last name
  • On that copy, beneath your poem, you have typed and signed the following statement: THIS POEM IS MY OWN ORIGINAL CREATIVE WORK AND HAS NOT BEEN COPIED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM ANY OTHER AUTHOR’S WORK, INCLUDING POEMS POSTED ON THE INTERNET
  • On the second copy of your poem, in the upper right corner, you have typed only the Division (I, II, III, or IV) and your grade––with no name appearing anywhere on this copy.