There are so many talented Richmond poets, and here’s how we know it.
On Wednesday, the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission (RACC) announced the winners of the 2015 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest, which encourages students in local elementary, middle and high schools to express themselves through poetry.
The submissions, based on the this year’s theme, “Poetry in Motion,” blew readers away, RACC said.
“Each year their poems touch the hearts of the art commissioners, judges, teachers, parents, city staff, and all who read them,” the commission said in a statement.
The students will be honored at an award ceremony April 17 in Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza. All contest participants will receive certificates of recognition from Mayor Tom Butt along with a copy of the chapbook containing all of this year’s entries.
RACC sponsored its first poetry writing contest in 2010 in celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month, and has continued to hold the contest annually due to its success.
1st Prize: Anthony Alvarez, Washington Elementary
1st Prize: Ariella Benavides, Caliber Beta Academy
1st Prize: Clarissa Castro, Washington Elementary
1st Prize: Silvia Coca Cruz, Washington Elementary
2nd Prize: Amelie Banuelos, Washington Elementary
2nd Prize: Hannah Benavides, Washington Elementary
2nd Prize: Sania Kaleko, Wilson Elementary
2nd Prize: Citlali Mano, Washington Elementary
2nd Prize: Gloria Zearett, Washington Elementary
3rd Prize: Angel Abreau, Bayview Elementary
3rd Prize: Leah Ambernathy Saphon, Caliber Beta Academy
3rd Prize: Giselle Barragan, Washington Elementary
3rd Prize: Reiley Dillon, Washington Elementary
3rd Prize: Amitra Kellogg, Washington Elementary
Honorable Mention: Elementary School
Alicia Acosta, Washington Elementary; Carlos Acosta, Washington Elementary; Mara Bravo, Coronado Elementary; Aaliyah Castillo, Washington Elementary; Rogelio Contreras, Washington Elementary; Selenah Corona DesSilva, Wilson Elementary; Gloria Diaz, Washington Elementary; Asia Jacobson, Coronado Elementary; Melvin Lopez, Jr., Coronado Elementary; Antonia Mason, Bayview Elementary; Parker Mina, Washington Elementary; Jacqueline Plascencia, Coronado Elementary; Maryanna Preciado, Coronado Elementary; Daniel Rodinson, Washington Elementary; Savannah Qualls, Washington Elementary; Daniel Rodinson, Washington Elementary; Kylie Alyssa Velazquez, Washington Elementary; Jimena Villarreal, Washington Elementary; and Tyrah Weems, Washington Elementary.
1st Prize: Teressa T. Bigbee, DeJean Middle School
2nd Prize: Jade Synott Brandow, Fred Korematsu Middle School
3rd Prize: Santiago Sixto, DeJean Middle School
Honorable Mention: Middle School
Juan Zamara, DeJean Middle School
1st Prize: Gabrielle Green, De Anza High School
2nd Prize: Yaritza Gomez, De Anza High School
3rd Prize: Angel Wiley, DeAnza High School
Honorable Mention: High School
Eugene O. Gaines, III, Kennedy High School
Jasmine Gill, DeAnza High School
Chandandeep Kaur, De Anza High School
Yajaira Sandoval, Kennedy High School
Austin Williams, Kennedy High School
1st Prize: Teo Scura, LEAP