Concordia Lutheran seventh-grade poets lauded

Early in the school year seventh-graders from Concordia Lutheran School entered Creative Communication’s poetry contest. Under Chris Murphy’s guidance, students penned poems in hopes of publication. Recently, 24 of the 42 students were congratulated on acceptance for publication. Their poems will be included in A Celebration of Poets.
AuthorPoem title
Kameron ConleyFootball Season
Emily DayMiracle
Aidan FordSeashells
Nichole GillMy Heart!
Garrett HoffmanVarnack and Lolly
Michaela HollowayMiracles
Haley JenkinsonThe Bed That Waits for Me
Jensine KoehlingerFamily
Will MartinVenus Fly Trap
Madison MichayloVarnock and Lolly
Rayna MickeliniLeaf
Mitchell MohrmanMiracles
Josh MufieldCheeseburger in Paradise
Zac CarperB-Ball
Jay PatelMiracles
Julia PetersBaby
Mackenzie RobertsonThe Ocean
Connor RumbaughVarnack and Lolly
Grace SchlemmerMy Hamster
Kendra SearsDarkness
Judy TruongPlaying the Piano
Ally WertMiracles
Henry WinickerMiracles
Hwa YooColors of Food

According to Creative Communications, “The fact that you have numerous students accepted makes a strong statement about your school. Less than 50 percent of the poems submitted are selected to be published. The list of your students that have been accepted to be published represents a lot of talent, hard work, and dedication from your teachers and students. In judging thousands of poems, our judges have found that the single most important factor in creating a quality poem is the quality of the instruction. We have found that schools with excellent language arts programs have a much higher percentage of their students’ writing accepted. With excellent teachers, come excellent writers and sometimes over 50 percent of a class is accepted. Your school stands out and will be recognized in the anthology as receiving a Poetic Achievement Award. This honor is given to the top 10 percent of the schools who entered the contest. The schools are chosen based on the number and quality of the entries accepted.”