The annual poetry competition is Altamont's oldest tradition. Every student participates. In English classes, students select a poem and write an introduction that describes the poem and why the student feels connected to it. Students then read both the introduction and the poem to the class. Winners of the class-level portion of the competition advance to the semifinals. Semifinalists read their poems to an in-house panel of judges, who select students to advance to the finals.
On April 6, 2022, Altamont's middle and upper school finalists read their poems in the Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts. The ceremony was livestreamed to students and families through Facebook. A panel of three independent judges selected first, second, third and honorable mention.
Congratulations to our middle school and upper school poetry winners:
1st place: Maddie Winslett (8th grade), “To All My Friends” by May Yang
2nd place: AJ Gallitz (8th grade), “15, Maybe 16 Things to Worry About” by Judith Viorst
3rd place: Belen Cunill (5th grade), “Trash Talk 929” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Honorable Mention: Maddy Grier Hinds (8th grade), “Reading Fear” by Ciaran Carson
1st place: Nivedha Goli (9th grade), “Unwritten Letter to My Immigrant Parent” by Muna Abdulahi
2nd place: Karrington Manley (11th grade), “Good Grief” by Amanda Gorman
3rd place: Johnny Stumpff (9th grade), “I Am the People, the Mob” by Carl Sandburg
Honorable Mention: Isla Steinman (12th grade), “Backwards” by Warsan Shire
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