Johnson’s poetry honored as among top 10 entries

Johnson's poetry honored as among top 10 entries Earlier this year, Kaili Johnson, the daughter of Dale and Lisa Johnson, submitted a poem to a contest that was held for young poets. Johnson is in the fifth grade at St. Agnes School, Vermillion.

From thousands of entries, this poem was selected as one of the top 10 in its grade division. The contest was held for all students in grades 4-12. The top 10 poets in each grade division (grades 4-6; 7-9; 10-12) are each being honored by receiving special recognition in the poetry anthology A Celebration of Young Poets, receiving a complimentary copy of the anthology and by receiving a $50 savings bond.

Poems are selected for their literary merit, creativity and social significance. Creative Communication also awards over $10,000 each year in language arts grants to schools to further encourage young people's writings.

Creative Communication sponsors this contest to offer a creative outlet for young poets. Too often the efforts of young writers are unrecognized and they lose their motivation to express themselves. This contest provides a creative outlet that honors our youth.

Teachers, parents and students alike have been universally pleased with the contest. The next contest to be held has a deadline of Dec. 1. There are 10 winners in each category (4-6; 7-9; 10-12), with over $1,500 in prizes awarded. Poems of high merit are also invited to be published.

To enter send one original poem, with the poet's name, grade, home address, school name and address to: Creative Communication, 90 North 100 East, Logan, UT 84321. Or enter on line at www.poetic power.com.

Where Fairies Hide

Tucked in tight, the fairy sleeps inside a tiny bud

She waits in sleep for sun to come and open her bed.

Warm summer days have come at last, the fairy's life begins.

Her rose cocoon has opened up, she sees the day again.

Summer roses open up, when touched by fairy's wand.

A vast array of color sits within her tiny palm.

And when the buds are opened up, her task on Earth's complete.

The beauty of the flowerbed is the fairy's gift so sweet

Kaili Johnson,

St. Agnes School,

Vermillion, Grade 5

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