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Bethany J. Royer

Eric Burgasser | Daily CallGeneva Stewart (left) reads her son Alex Stewart's (right) poem titled “Moving”.
Eric Burgasser | Daily CallGeneva Stewart (left) reads her son Alex Stewart's (right) poem titled “Moving”.
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Bethany J. Royer

Staff Writer


PIQUA — A group of young poets converged Tuesday evening at the Piqua Public Library after participating in the first ever poetry contest held in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Robin Heintz, marketing and publications for the library, was the driving force behind the poetry contest, according to Jim Oda, library director, with aid from the Miami County Education Service Center (ESC). The latter helping to get word out to schools and teachers resulting in a robust 74 submissions from 20 different schools, including homeschoolers, across Miami and Shelby counties.

According to Heintz, the concept of the contest came about as a way to benefit the community and the arts, but had simmered for a number of years before its fruition this year with a response that has “blown me away.”

“And they are all so different,” continued Heintz, of the poems on a variety of topics — from dreams to dogs — some happy, others sad, and even a few humorous, with the dozen first, second and third place winners given the opportunity to read their work before family and friends at the winner’s reception. One such individual was Alex Stewart, 12, of Piqua, who won first place in the 4th to 6th grade category for his poem Moving read to the audience by his mother, Geneva.


Bad news, very depressing

moving schools, leaving friends

new town, new family

new house to live in

new siblings to get along with

or at least I will try

I will inevitably argue with them

we will get into fights

we will yell and scream

WE will hopefully make up

Moving schools, leaving teachers

Leaving friends, meeting new ones

meeting new teachers, new routines

New places to go

parks, restaurants, stores

so much to do and people galore!

Maybe moving isn’t so bad

I guess that on the bright side

I get a new dad.

A new person to care for

and he cares for me too

and to me, that is pretty cool.

“That was the first time I got to read it,” said the elder Stewart who showed obvious emotion over her son’s poem. “This has been quite a new experience for both of us. I’m really proud as I used to write poetry, as well.”

Stating she was very happy and excited over the results of their first poetry contest, Heintz thanked the dozen judges, stating they had their work cut out for them. While thanking the poets, parents, teachers, and staff who contributed to the unique event.

Each poet received a participation award and a copy of all 74 poems published in the Piqua Public Library Youth Poetry Contest 2014 booklet. First place winners received $50, second $25, and third $10 thanks to the Piqua Public Library Assistance and Development Fund.

Below are the top-ranked poets courtesy of the Piqua Public Library:

Grades K-3: 1st Lydia Zwiezig of Nevin Coppock Elementary in Tipp City; 2nd Matthew Coty of Broadway Elementary in Tipp City; 3rd Ryan Fitchpatrick of Holy Angels in Sidney.

Grades 4-6: 1st Alex Stewart of Wilder in Piqua; 2nd Anna Dearth of L.T. Ball School in Tipp City; 3rd Karleigh Sorah of LT Ball School in Tipp City.

Grades 7-9: 1st Cecilia Peyton home-schooled in Piqua; 2nd Kirsten Brunswick of Anna Middle School in Anna; 3rd Kyle Mains of Tippecanoe Middle School in Tipp City.

Grades 10-12: Micayla Hanover of Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney; 2nd Nancy Garcia of Piqua High School in Piqua; 3rd Desiree Wright an Upper Valley Career Center student from Sidney.

Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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