The Walnut Creek Library Foundation, Ygnacio Valley Library and Walnut Creek Library encourage young writers to stretch their imaginations and bring their creativity to light with our 2014 Student Poetry Contest.
To commemorate Walnut Creek’s 100th anniversary, “100″ is the theme for this year’s contest.
Students in grades K -12 at Walnut Creek schools are invited to enter and the contest is free. All participants will receive a poetry contestant certificate and winners may participate in a student poetry reading on Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m. at the Walnut Creek Library.
Information will be distributed to Walnut Creek Schools in January. Entry forms will be available at the Ygnacio Valley and Walnut Creek libraries or
CLICK HERE: 2014 Poetry Contest to download an entry form.
The City of Walnut Creek was incorporated in 1914 and the city turns 100 in 2014! For this year’s poetry contest are celebrating the centennial by asking you to think about the number 100 and what it means to you.
We use 100 as a marker, a milestone, a measurement. For a city, 100 years is not very old. For a person, though, 100 years is a very big milestone. One hundred pennies is a lot of pennies but only one dollar. Sometimes, one hundred is used to tell us something we don’t want to hear: “For the hundredth time, I’ve told you to …” or “Your chances are about 100 to 1.” We use it to mean that we are giving someone our full support, “I’ll back you 100 percent.” One hundred is an important measurement in sports. The fastest athlete at 100 meters is considered the fastest man in the world; our football fields measure 100 yards; in pro basketball Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in one game, the most ever by just one player. In science, one hundred kilometers above sea level marks the boundary between earth’s atmosphere and outer space. And we are always confronted with lists of “the top one hundred …” movies, books, songs, on and on.
Write a poem of 32 lines or fewer exploring the theme “100”. You are free to let your imagination run wild beyond 100 kilometers and into outer space.
Last Year’s Winners: Student Poetry Contest 2013
Winners are listed below and you may download the 2013 Student’s Poems HERE.
The 2013 winners are:
Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
1st “Dark” by Megan Lewis
2nd “In the Dark” by Claudia Nguyen
3rd “Mountain” by Nina Statler
Honorable Mention: “Kieran” by Esme Lurley and “Envelope” by Kiran Brandt
1st “The Forest” by Kanoe Hoch
2nd “My Special Place” by Lauren Breach
3rd “My Special Place” by Sophie Judge
Honorable Mention: “My Special Place” by Andrew Swanson and “The Chicken Coop” by Juliana Starr
1st “Back in the Woods” by Matin Kassaian
2nd “In My Own Little Corner, In My Own Little Chair” by Samuel Oshay
3rd “Lost in the Crowd” by Micalyn Struble
Honorable Mention: “My Special Place” by Gopaal Aggarwal and “Remnants of the Past” by Jacqueline Kupeli
1st “Someday” by Michelle Liang
2nd “Go Away” by Sarah Moore
3rd “Things to dream of” by Isabel Lara
Honorable Mention: “A Special Place” by Ana Boeriu and “Proudly Displayed Artifacts” by Michelle Liang.
“Banned Books” Teen Photography Contest
1st Place Haley Zeiger from Las Lomas High School.
2nd Place Maddy Zeiger from Las Lomas High School.
3rd Place Kristin Goodell from Las Lomas High School.
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2012 Student Poetry Program
The poetry contest and celebration were sponsored by InVision Communications and Design. We appreciate their support.