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Great Adirondack Poetry Contest finds great talent

WESTPORT Some of the best young writers have received recognition for their skills with the pen this weekend including 11 students from Westport Central School. The 2007 Adirondack Young Peoples Poetry Contest selected 50 poems of students throughout the Adirondack region in grades 1-12. More than 600 were submitted and judged for their merit by J.C. Ellefson, instructor and Poet-in-Residence at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., and director of the Young Vermont Writers Conference. All 50 of the winning poems will be included in this years book and will also be published on the Institutes Web site in late May. An awards ceremony honoring the winners took place in Lake Placid at the Lake Placid Center of the Arts on May 6. Five scholarships to the Young Vermont Writers Conference, a spring writing workshop specifically for high school students that takes place May 25-27 on the campus of Champlain College, were awarded. For dedicated young writers, it is a chance to meet others who share their passion and to study the craft with some of the areas most celebrated authors and teachers. The program is coordinated by the Lake Placid Institute. Administrative Director Patricia Kelly said she was impressed at the quality of the writing. She said the program helped promote a rounded eduction, stressing the importance of art in education. I was pleasantly surprised at the enthusiasm the students had, and the quality of their work, said Kelly. Four of the scholarships went to area students, including Alyssa Carroll of Westport, Paulina Brown of Westport, Stephanie Burrows of Willsboro and Marne Timon of Keene. Both Brown and Carroll had two poems selected for the anthology. Brown said she was surprised to receive the scholarship, but found the recognition flattering. Caroll agreed, adding that the schools success reflected the quality of the teaching. Scott Gibbs teaches all the students at Westport who were selected. He assigned seventh graders the project as a class assignment, while older students were encouraged to submit their work. Finding out about his students success was a thrilling experience. Its one of those days you live for as a teacher, said Gibbs. Great Adirondack Young Peoples Poetry Contest 2007 Area Winners (List includes student, poem title, school, and teacher) 4th Grade Miranda Runyon, The Airplane Ride, Keene Valley Central School, Mrs. Whitney 5th Grade Austin Ferris, Monsters, Willsboro Central School, Ms. Fehlner 7th Grade Alexa Mitchell, Ode to Dance, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Delany Sears, People Look Away When They See Her, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Kasaydia Carter-Martinez, Remember the Fairytales, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Alexander Steele, Mailboxes and Me, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs 9th Grade Stephanie Burrows, My Secret Ocean, Willsboro Central School, Ms. Daly 10th Grade Sarah Gibbs, Finding the Right Boy, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Camille Peasley, Frozen Logs on a Fire, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Marne Timon, Mother Darling, Keene Central School, Mrs. McCabe 11th Grade Kristin Linder, Yellow, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Ethan French, In The Field, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Alyssa Carroll (two poems), The Coffee Shop and A Drive With Sam Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs 12th Grade Paulina Brown (two poems), Corner Store and Sweet Summer, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs Covey Fields, Shy, Westport Central School, Mr. Gibbs

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