PEACE POETRY CHALLENGE
The Rotary Clubs in the Chicago area and The Peace School are pleased to announce the award winning Peace Poetry Challenge recipients and share their poetry. The students in elementary, middle, and high school submitted poetry focused on "What Does Peace Mean to Me" from their personal, community, and world views. Over 180 written or Spoken Word poetry was submitted in response to the Peace Poetry Challenge.
The student poetry inspires hope, while at the same time, reminds us of the challenges that our students face and the changes they wish to happen. The list of award winners and their written poetry follows along with some of the Spoken Word award videos.
A special "thank you" to the students that contributed their thoughtful and heartfelt poetry and to the teachers and parents/guardians that supported and encouraged the students. We also are grateful and thankful for all of the poetry reviewers and to the sponsors of the financial awards, especially Naperville Rotary Charities.
Poetry Theme: “What Does Peace Mean to Me” is the focus of the written or Spoken Word video poetry.
Elementary School Award
First Place:McKenzie of Kerkstra Elementary School
Second Place: Andrew of Kerkstra Elementary School
Third Place: Lily of Lee R. Foster Elementary School
Middle School Award for Written Poetry:
First place: Olivia of Elm Middle School
Second Place: Julia of Bret Harte Middle School
Third Place: Aarav of Skinner West School
Third Place: Norah of Skinner West School
Third Place: Samantha of Horace Greeley School
Middle School Award for Spoken Word Poetry:
First place: Marlina of Mark Sheridan Math and Science Academy
High School Award for Written Poetry:
First place: Tiffany of Tinley Park High School
Second Place: Kayla of Tinley Park High School
Third Place: Jessica of Southland College Preparatory School
Third Place: Adanma of Whitney Young High School
High School Award for Spoken Word Poetry:
First place: Aniyah of DRW College Prep
Second Place: Oswaldo of Whitney Young High School
Third Place: Karina of Chicago Academy
Third Place:Jamar of Kenwood Academy
Go here to read the winner's work.
Coming up in January: All Award winners will be able to participate in a live webinar, with their parent or guardian permission, where they will recite their poem or show/share their spoken word video.