6th Annual E-Poetry Contest Inspires Creativity in West Chester Area School District Students and Staff

Photo OneA young poet reads his poetry submission for the E-Poetry Contest grades 1-5. (Submitted Images)

WEST CHESTER, PA — Creativity abounds in the West Chester Area School District as students and staff participate in the 6th Annual E-Poetry Contest. Sponsored by the Chester County Art Association and Young Rembrandts of Chester County, the recent contest encouraged individuals to submit original poems in any content area or personal topic of interest. Whether inspired by a piece of visual art or an auditory work, participants were encouraged to unleash their creativity and share their unique perspectives through poetry.

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Grades 1-5 E-Poetry Contest Award Winners and the WC E-Poetry Team.

This year’s West Chester E-Poetry Contest was a rousing success, with over 150 creative entries on a broad spectrum of themes. Each poem was a testament to the true power of words and creativity when sharing messages of strong importance.

“The West Chester E-Poetry Contest provides a safe platform for student poets to enhance their emotional intelligence and expression of ideas stemming from curricular topics, social issues, or personal crusades,” said the WC E-Poetry Team, which includes Eileen Hutchinson, Jennifer Ozgur, and Amy Thomas. “WC poets speak loud and proud sharing their diverse themes and wondrous words for all to hear!” added the Team.

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A young poet reads her poetry and art submission for the E-Poetry Contest grades 6-12.

The contest was open to all students in grades 6-12, and the diversity of voices and perspectives was truly impressive. The poems tackled a wide range of topics and each one was marked by creativity, passion, and skillful use of language.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Exton hosted a Poetry Awards ceremony for student and staff poets. 18 winners were honored with a certificate, ribbon, and journal and art set. Dr. Kalia Reynolds, Assistant Superintendent, was the guest speaker at the event. She shared her enthusiasm for writing with bits of wisdom for the young poets.

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Grades 6-12 and Staff E-Poetry Contest Award Winners with the WC E-Poetry Team.

“This contest and culminating ceremony not only offer our students an amazing opportunity to showcase their passion and talent, but also to challenge themselves to confidently share their art with an audience,” said Reynolds. The award-winning poems were moving and inspirational. It was clear that the contest was a success in promoting creativity and confidence in students and staff alike.

Additionally, the WC E-Poetry Team announced the first ever Poetry Anthology Book. This book will be sent to each WCASD school building’s main office so that all those who visit the schools can experience the poets’ work.

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The WC E-Poetry Team, Amy Thomas, Eileen Hutchinson, and, Jennifer Ozgur, and Dr. Kalia Reynolds celebrate the E-Poetry Contest Award Winners and their families.

“We are so grateful to the West Chester Area Education Association, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Chester County Art Association, and Young Rembrandts of Chester County for supporting the literacy endeavors of this noteworthy poetry event!” said the WC E-Poetry Team.

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