April 28th, 2015

Press Release

From:  Angela DeMarchi, Board Member, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library:  2015 Annual Children & Teens Poetry Competition and Event 

On April 26, the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library held its annual Children & Teens Poetry Contest in the Yeager Room of the Bronxville Library.  Over 90 students submitted poems to the contest and 12 read their works to an audience of board members, parents, teachers, peers and poetry lovers!

Students of all ages, from Kindergarten through 10th grade, entered one of four categories – Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle School and High School – by writing their own original poem based on this year’s theme: “My Favorite Hobby.”

First, second and third prize winners were selected from each of the four categories. the subject matter ranged from reflections of time spent in the great outdoors to memorable sporting events. Many types of writing styles were displayed, from alternative line rhyme to Haiku.

“Poetry is a great way for children and teens to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions.  We were thrilled to have so many quality entries this year.  It was also wonderful to experience topics that matter in the contestants lives, such as travel, music, sports and family,” said Louis Parks, President of the FOBPL.

The winners of the 7th Annual FOBPL Children & Teens Poetry Competition are:

Elementary K-2

– 1st Place – Tanya Verma, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Dark Sky Light’

– 2nd Place – Megha Verma, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Playing’

– 3rd Place – Alexander Dallendorfer, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Shipwreck’

Elementary 3-5

– 1st Place – Julia Perry, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Fall’

– 2nd Place – Julie Wider, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Family’

– 3rd Place – Tony Tao-Guerrero, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Gymnast’

Middle School

– 1st Place – Claire Chao, Chapel School – Poem: ‘Dreaming’

– 2nd Place – Katie Gebbia, Chapel School – Poem: ‘Forgetting Something’

– 3rd Place – Ingrid Krawiec, Chapel School – Poem: ‘Rolling Through the Seasons’

– 3rd Place – Connor Tinson, Chapel School – Poem: ‘The Winning Goal’

High School

– 1st Place, Olivia Chappello, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Written as an ode to “Invictus” by William Earnest Henley’

– 2nd Place, Sasha Ircha, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Vieux Quebec’

– 3rd Place, Michael Landy, Bronxville School – Poem: ‘Love of the Game’
The FOBPL Annual Children & Teens Poetry Competition will be held again next year and students from all grades in the Bronxville School, Chapel School and St Joseph’s School are encouraged to enter.