Four Gloversville High School students are published poets after writing and submitting winning poems to The Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest sponsored by the Lake Placid Institute.
The poets – Kersten Brockhum, Alanna DiMartino, Elizabeth George and Kayla Nipper – who are sophomores in Stephanie Alam’s English class, were invited to recite their original poems at a reception recognizing contest winners in Lake Placid in April, which is National Poetry Month.
The four students wrote their poems independently with encouragement and support from Alam who submitted their poems to the contest, which is open to students in grades 1-12 from public and private schools throughout New York’s Adirondack region.
Approximately 400 poems were entered into the contest between fall 2017 and March 2018, according to the Lake Placid Institute. Writers of the “poems of special merit” selected by a panel of judges from the Poetry Group of Saranac Lake were invited to recite have been published in a collection called “Words from the Woods.”
Student poets from each grade level received a free copy of the publication featuring their poetry and were recognized at the April 21 ceremony along with their families and their teachers.
“I am immensely proud of all of my winning poets!” Alam said. “I am always eager to tap into the passion that my students exhibit toward poetry. It is extremely rewarding to witness the pride that they feel when they realize that their own ‘powerful emotions’ are recognized and highly valued by others.”
More about the contest
The Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest began in 1998 and remains one of the most successful and treasured programs of the Lake Placid Institute. It originated from a recognition that poetry is not only a fundamental literary art but also a form of writing that can be easily made accessible to students of all ages.