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13th Annual Student Poetry Project Winners on LV Arts Salon

Left to right: Salee Boose, Oliva Wisser, Cameron Hines

Hosts Paul Willistein and George VanDoren welcomed the three first-place winners of the 13th Annual Student Poetry Project to read their poems live on the air and discuss their writing.

This year's winning poems are:

  • Elementary School winner: "The American Flag" by Olivia Wisser, Northwestern Lehigh Elementary School, Northwestern Lehigh School District.
  • Middle School winner: "Waffles" by Sallee Boose, Trexler Middle School, Allentown School District
  • High School winner: "On Turning Into a Sixth Grader" by Cameron Hines, Southern Lehigh High School, Southern Lehigh School District.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, WDIY partners with the Lehigh Valley Press papers each April to present the annual event open to all Lehigh Valley elementary, middle, and high school students. This year's competition received 86 submissions and was judged by a panel of writing and teaching professionals including: Bonnie Bleiler, Shirley Doluisio, Ann Michael, Paul Willistein, and George VanDoren. The winning poems will be published in the Lehigh Valley Press papers.

(Original air-date: 04/16/18)