GEG announces poetry contest winners

From left, poetry contest winners Jordyn Young, Brittany Loveless and Jo DeWaal.

From left, poetry contest winners Jordyn Young, Brittany Loveless and Jo DeWaal.

Greenwich Education Group (GEG) has announced the winners of its first poetry contest.

Greenwich Academy freshman Jo DeWaal, GA junior Jordyn Young and Greenwich High School sophmore Brittany Loveless earned first, second and third place respectively. Launched in conjuction with National Poetry Month in April, GEG challenged high school poets with the theme “By the time I turn 20.”

Entries came from Fairfield, Westchester and Putnam counties, and even as far as Memphis, Tenn. A panel of judges including Greenwich Time columnist Lee Paine, GEG writing specialist Margrét Ann Thors and English teacher emeritus Rawle Deland oversaw the contest and selected the winners.

Mr. Deland spoke highly of Jo’s winning poem Crescendo, saying “it moved me by virtue of its creative and compelling imagery of the delicate flowers giving way to stone. Its form and content complemented each other.”

Mr. Paine encouraged all of the contest’s entrants to continue their pursuit of poetry.

“Every poem had some strong points, the most impressive of which was the depth of emotion and insight expressed,” he said. “I hope these students keep using poetry as a vehicle for their expression, because by the time they are twenty, all of them have the potential to become awesome poets!”

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