Carthage High School Poetry Contest Winners

In an impressive display of literary talent, students from Carthage High School have made a mark in the world of poetry. Their creative works were selected for high merit in the Creative Communications' Fall Poetry Contest, earning them a coveted spot in the upcoming publication. This remarkable achievement has also led to Carthage High School receiving the prestigious Writing Achievement Award, a testament to the exceptional talent and hard work of its students.

The following students had their writing selected for publication: Garrett Baldobino, Braden Blackley, Keonna Bowman, Brodie Brewster, Ginger Coley, Cooper Colle, Brooklyn Corliss, Justin Fagan, McKenna Fields, Abigail Finley, Slate Fowler, Stephanie Franks, McKenzie Hartley, Faith Horne, Jayla Hunnicutt, LaJayden Johnson, Ruby Laura, David Letter, Jace Montagna, Noely Munoz, Mya Nelson, Raphael Perez, Kye Peterson,Yareli Ponce, Sha'Miracle Rankin, MaryCruz Sapien, Stella Smith, Hopelynn Stephens, Jonathan Villa, Julius Wash and Simiya Willie

Creative Communications, an organization devoted to the promotion of writing, teaching and appreciation of student writing, holds annual contests to celebrate young voices in poetry and essay writing. Their Fall Poetry Contest drew thousands of entries from students across the country, making the selection process highly competitive. The fact that Carthage High School's students not only had their poems selected but also secured the Writing Achievement Award speaks volumes about their exceptional abilities.

The Writing Achievement Award is not bestowed lightly; it is reserved for the top 10% of participating schools. This accolade is determined by both the quantity and quality of entries a school submits that are accepted for publication. Carthage High School's success in this arena underscores the extraordinary talent and dedication of its students, as well as the quality of instruction and encouragement they receive from their teachers and mentors.

The students' poems covered a wide range of themes and styles, showcasing their diverse perspectives and unique voices. "Our students have worked incredibly hard, and their passion for poetry and storytelling shines through in their work," said Carthage High School English teacher Shannon Abernathy. "This recognition is not only a testament to their talent but also to their dedication to honing their craft."

The forthcoming publication featuring the selected poems will not only highlight the students' talents but also serve as an inspiration to aspiring young poets across the country. Carthage High School's achievement in this national contest highlights the importance of arts education and the need to support and encourage creative expression in young people.

As the Carthage community looks forward to the publication of their students' work, this achievement serves as a beacon of pride for the school and an inspiration to others in the pursuit of literary excellence.

Students earning this prestigious achievement pictured in the photo above are:

Front row - LaJayden Johnson, Hopelynn Stephens, Simiya Willie, Jayla Hunnicutt, Sha'Miracle Rankin, Stephanie Franks

Second Row - MaryCruz Sapien, Noely Munoz, Stella Smith, Abigail Finley, Faith Horne, Ruby Laura, McKenna Fields, Jace Montagna

Back Row - Kye Peterson, McKenzie Hartley, Cooper Colle, Jonathan Villa, Brodie Brewster, Garrett Baldobino, David Letter, Keonna Bowman

Not Pictured - Braden Blackley, Yareli Ponce, Slate Fowler, Mya Nelson, Ginger Coley, Julius Wash, Raphael Perez, Brooklyn Corliss, Justin Fagan