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November 15, 2016 > Local students named winners in national writing contest

Local students named winners in national writing contest

Submitted By Julie Catancio

Poetic Power is a national contest for children grades kindergarten to twelve. Over the course of the last twenty years this competition has been engaging children to express themselves through writing. Children from over 59,000 schools in the nation have entered the contest to become a published author and have their writings selected to be in a book. This is a free contest and students have the opportunity to become a new published writer. The poetry contests are for all grades K-12, the essay contest is for grades 4-12. All students living in the United States and Canada can apply. Poems must be 21 lines or less on any topic. Essays must be 100-250 words on any nonfiction topic. Only the top pieces are published; no entry fees or purchase are required.

In the Tri-city area, a group of elementary students over the course of three months formed a ÒWonderful WritersÓ group and met together weekly for one hour. During these writing sessions, they brainstormed topics, wrote several drafts, peer reviewed, researched, used a thesaurus and dictionary, and did teamwork exercises. At the conclusion of the meetings, the children entered their writings to both an essay and a poem writing competition held by All of the children from ÒWonderful Writers,Ó were given an offer to be published authors. Essay competition winners include: Julila Catancio, Jasmine Lee, Ianna Ordonez, and Johanna So. Poem competition winners include: Julila Catancio, Shaina Chris, and Johanna So.

Julila wrote about enjoying learning violin from Mr. Gong at ÒMasako Music.Ó She purchased a 1/4 and 1/2 size violin from ÒPalo Alto Violins.Ó She now plays her great grandfatherÕs (Freddie Care Sr.Õs) violin, too. She also won a technology essay which has been preserved with the United States Library of Congress.

Shaina wrote about traveling. Her travels include but are not limited to: India, Mexico, and Niagara Falls. She expressed her experience of watching the beauty of nature in different environments. Previously she has been in a spelling bee and a math olympics.

Jasmine wrote about painting. She added metaphors comparing art to her pet guinea pig Jeffrey, and ballet dancing. She has recently accepted an offer by the San Francisco Nutcracker to perform this winter with professionals in their distinguished ballet.

Ianna compared her love for soccer to that of her baby sister Isabel. She also expressed how teamwork in sports created a better feeling then winning. She is currently involved in her second season of soccer, moving from team Inferno to Strikers.

Johanna wrote her essay about her family. She wants to be like her mother, Ms. So, who is a fifth-grade teacher at Fremont Christian School. Johanna talked about her smart brother Samuel and supportive father. She has also excelled in spelling bees.

These Tri-city elementary grade students are now published authors. They have all accepted their offers to have their pieces published in two books coming out during the holiday season which can be purchased from Poetic Power. There are four competitions per year for all children to have an opportunity to become published authors. More information can be found at

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