CMHS students compete in poetry competition

PHOTO PROVIDED Pictured are, from left, front, Chris Hausammann, Marjorie Maddox-Hafer, Lisa Riede, Jared Conti; middle, the winners, Lydia Parker, Maddie Dallen, Olivia Hanna; and back, Hailey Fravel, Hannah Cole, Chryssie Miller, Connor Eisenhower, Deyja Page, Lindsay Kalbach.

LOCK HAVEN — Central Mountain High School recently held its first Poetry Competition at Avenue 209 Coffee House.

Students performed their original works of poetry after spending many weeks revising and editing their poems, leading up to the day of competition.

A panel of judges knowledgeable in all aspects of writing and literature scored the students based on multiple categories. The judges were more than helpful, providing constructive criticism and praise to each student following his or her performance.

The four judges were Chris Hausammann, English Teacher at CMHS; Marjorie Maddox-Hafer, Professor/Director of Creative Writing at Lock Haven University; Lisa Riede, Associate Professor in the Communications and Philosophy Department at Lock Haven University; and Jared Conti, Events Manager at Avenue 209 Coffee House.

CMHS English/Enrichment teacher Lindsay Kalbach,and Chryssie Miller, CMHS English teacher co-coordinated the event after students presented the idea to them upon returning from an Enrichment Poetry Workshop.

Winners were:

r Olivia Hanna, a freshman, won third place for her poem titled “Fluorescent Lights and Unnecessary Hall Passes.”

r Maddie Dallen, a senior, won second place for her poem titled “A Cake For Your Troubles.”

r Lydia Parker, a senior, won first place with her poem titled “icarus. All three winners received prizes, and each participant was given a gift card to Avenue 209 Coffee House.

Other contestants included Hailey Fravel, Hannah Cole, Connor Eisenhower and Deyja Page.

The students were commended for their willingness to share their poetry with the community. Many community members and school employees attended the event for an enjoyable evening. The students plan to conduct the event each year while providing other opportunities to share and discuss creative writing.