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Young Poet Winners

Congratulations to the Penn-Delco students who were selected as winners of the 34th Annual Young Poets of Delaware County 2023 Poetry Contest.  

All children in grades 1-12 who live or attend school in Delaware County could submit one original poem. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each grade level were judged and chosen by a group of writers, teachers, and poets assigned to review entries across each grade.  Winning poems will be published in the annual poetry anthology and winning poets and their families are invited to an awards ceremony and reading in May. 

​This program is sponsored by the Mad Poets Society, Delaware County Libraries, Keystone State Literacy Association: Delaware County, Rose Tree Media Optimist Club, Pennsylvania Poetry Society and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Here is a list of winners across the county, including those from Penn-Delco:

1st Grade
1st Place:  The Beach by Natalia DelMonte, Pennell Elementary School
2nd Place:  Seasons by Emily McBride, Springfield Literacy Center
3rd Place:  Tiger by Olivia Hall, Coebourn Elementary School

2nd Grade
1st Place:  Fireworks by Gianna Gagliano, Concord Elementary School 
2nd Place:  A Shamrocks Bakery by Sophia Dao, Saint Dorothy’s Catholic School
3rd Place:  Baseball Haiku by Jacob Linsky, Scenic Hills Elementary School

3rd Grade
1st Place:  Poetry Is Everywhere by Sonali Amaravadi, Indian Lane Elementary School
2nd Place: Time by Naomi McFarlane, Indian Lane Elementary School
3rd Place:  The Milky Way by Marin McCampbell, Homeschool

4th Grade
1st Place:  The Toaster Cycle by Sebastian Richardson, Glenwood Elementary School
2nd Place:  Orchid Praying Mantis by Danica Manion, Loomis Elementary School
3rd Place:  Dancing In the Rain by Parker LePard, Rose Tree Elementary School

5th Grade
1st Place:  Summer by Job Jones-Waite,  Aronimink Elementary School
2nd Place:  There’s an Alligator in My Pool by Peyton Fehrle, Pennell Elementary School  
3rd Place:  It’s Time by Ariya Bishop, Wallingford Elementary School

6th Grade
1st Place:  Words by Elizabeth Boland, Strath Haven Middle School
2nd Place:  Nothing Lasts Forever by Zora Lewis, St. Andrew School
3rd Place:  What Defines Me by Amber Thompson, Beverly Hills Middle School

7th Grade
1st place:  Double-Edged by Andrew DiPasquale, Northley Middle School
2nd Place:  Bluebird by Maisey Santo, Northley  Middle School
3rd Place:  Springtime Stream by Leah Eastburn, Northley Middle School

8th Grade
1st Place:  Burnt Out by Anika Fernandes, Radnor Middle School
2nd Place:  Clothing Thief by Kevin Tran, Springton Lake Middle School
3rd Place:  Aspirations by Maeve Raffaele, Strath Haven Middle School

9th Grade
1st Place:  A Star by Favour Peters, Cardinal O’Hara High School
2nd Place:  The City of My Soul by Julia Menschik, The Grayson School
3rd Place:  A Script by Anrui Xu, Radnor High School

10th Grade
1st Place:  Untitled by Nahmier Abdur-Raheem, Upper Darby High School
2nd Place:  Facade by Jessica Hassel, Sun Valley High School
3rd Place:  Saving for a Rainy Day by Tabitha G. Shatney, Homeschool

11th Grade
1st Place:  My Ptsd Does Not Get to Win. Neither Should Yours by Alexa von Berg, Springfield High School 
2nd Place:  Thoughts and Prayers by Madeline Wuest, Sacred Heart Academy
3rd Place:  Nocte Felidae by Gwen Bradwell, The Baldwin School

12th Grade
No winner