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Poetry Competition Results
Julie Beckwith

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 Feb. 20, 2019, Altamont's middle and upper school finalists read their poems at a school-wide assembly in the Cabaniss-Kaul Center for the Arts. A panel of three independent judges selected first, second and third place.

Congratulations to our middle school poetry winners and finalists:

1st place: Lucine Carsen (7th grade), "Unveiled" by Gladys Alam Saroyan
2nd place: Walter Hungerpiller (5th grade), "Technically, It's Not My Fault" by John Grandits
3rd place: Frances Overton (7th grade), "The Way through the Woods" by Rudyard Kipling

Finalists:
Helen Ezelle (7th grade), "Demons" by Erin Hanson
Claudia Williams (7th grade), "Stone for a Sling" by Yusuf Eradam
Wesley Sudarshan (8th grade), "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas

Congratulations to our upper school poetry winners and finalists:

1st place: Mary Allen Murray (12th grade), "La Figlia Che Piange" by T.S. Eliot
2nd place: Spencer Skidmore (12th grade), "Late Confession" by Gary Soto
3rd place: Maya Guru (12th grade), "For Women Who are 'Difficult' to Love" by Warsan Shire

Finalists:
Robert Hanna (9th grade), "Culture and the Universe" by Simon Ortiz
Bay Stackpole (10th grade), "Ode to Elise in Eighth Grade Health Class" by Olivia Gatwood
Maddie Thomas (10th grade), "The Inventory of Goodbye" by Anne Sexton
Surina Prabhu (11th grade), "To Julia de Burgos" by Julia de Burgos
James Shepherd (11th grade), "Kingfisher" by Mary Oliver

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