Excelsior kids excel at poetry contest

Fourth graders sweep all categories in age group
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Excelsior School kids excelled at the 23rd annual poetry contest hosted by the Roseville Library system earlier this spring.

Fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Excelsior have participated for the past eight years, and have placed in the contest more than any other school.

“Over 100 poems were submitted this year, and we broke our own record with 12 winners,” said Excelsior librarian Rhonda Tory. “Of course, the winning’s not the important part, but rather the effort and creativity that each student puts into their poems that make me so proud.”

This year, Excelsior’s fourth graders swept all the categories in their age group. Bethany Brooding won first place for her poem, “Starry Night in Lonely Days.”

Fifth graders Connor Stanford and Trinity Burley took first and second place respectively in their group. Sixth grader Yarelis Christian earned second place in her age group.

The contest is open to all children from grades one through 12 in the Roseville area. A panel of judges determines winners in each grade level. The winners were invited to an awards ceremony in April at the Martha Riley Community Library, and each was given a poetry book with all of the winning poems.

~ Sena Christian


Fourth grade first place poem

By Bethany Brooding, Excelsior School
“Starry Night in Lonely Days”

Waiting for that moment, the night drags on
Hoping the lights won’t come on and ruin it
Ruin it all, the only time I can be all alone
The only time I can stick my head out the window
And stare at the stars while the cool evening air
Blows in gusts and sails me out of this world
Leaving behind starry nights and lonely days

To view the poetry book of call winning poems, visit