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.