Winners in the 2023 Junior League Youth Poetry Contest

In the Junior League of Washington’s 24rd Annual Youth Poetry Contest, eight of our Hart Middle School students won for eleven poems. Our writers swept the 6th grade prizes: 1st place to Kyrie Johnson, 2nd place Jayla Nelson (two of her poems tied each other), and 3rd place to Kyrie Johnson (his second poem). In 7th grade: 1st place to Aisha Hunter and 3rd place a tie between Gavin Wood and Aisha Hunter (her second poem). Another sweep in 8th grade: 1st place to Neo-Damien Chamblee, 2nd place a tie between Naeshaun Ford and Zaniyah Taylor, and 3rd place to Trus’ Stevens. This is particularly impressive because the Junior League contest had 161 entries from more than a dozen schools.

Winners in the 2023 Parkmont Poetry Contest

In the 41st Annual Parkmont Poetry Festival, seventeen Workshop students were finalists and five were winners: Michael Chase (8th), Jalen Collins (7th), Crystal Rogers (8th), and Trus’ Stevens (8th) from Hart Middle School, and Armani Thornton (12th) from Ballou Senior High School. Congratulations!

Winners in the 2023 Haiku Contest

Three of our students won awards in the 2023 D.C. Public Library Haiku Contest. Crystal Rogers, Caden Rogers and Shaia Holmes won certificates and prizes in a competition through the Francis A. Gregory Library in Southeast.