Students’ poetry published

Submitted pieces to poetry contest

Four Gloversville High School sophomores submitted winning poems to the Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest sponsored by the Lake Placid Institute. They are, from left, Alanna DiMartino, Kersten Brockhum, Kayla Nipper and Elizabeth George. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Four Gloversville High School sophomores are published poets after writing and submitting winning poems to the Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest sponsored by the Lake Placid Institute.

Poetry by Kersten Brockhum, Alanna DiMartino, Elizabeth George and Kayla Nipper were among the “poems of special merit” chosen from about 400 works submitted to the youth poetry contest that is held annually.

The four students, all sophomores in Stephanie Alam’s English class, wrote their poems independently with encouragement and support from their teacher who submitted their poems to the contest, which is open to students in grades one to 12 from public and private schools throughout the Adirondack region.

The poems selected by judges from the Poetry Group of Saranac Lake were published in a collection titled “Words from the Woods” and the young poets were invited to recite their work during an awards ceremony in Lake Placid in April, which is National Poetry Month.

“I am immensely proud of all of my winning poets,” Alam said. “I am always eager to tap into the passion that my students exhibit toward poetry.

“It is extremely rewarding to witness the pride that they feel when they realize that their own ‘powerful emotions’ are recognized and highly valued by others.”

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