Winners of 35th Carl Sandburg College Poetry Contest Announced


Carl Sandburg College has announced the winners of the 35th annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Contest.

First through third place and honorable mentions were selected in four categories: elementary (grades 1-5), junior (grades 6-8), intermediate (grades 9-12) and adult. Award winners were invited to attend a banquet Nov. 3 in the Sandburg library.

A digital booklet with the text of this year’s award-winning poems, as well as a list of winners from recent years, can be found at


Elementary Division

First place — “Flowers” by Anna Rozny

Second place — “The Magic of Opal” by Opal Ponce-Little

Third place — “Long Division Cinquain” by James Rozny

Honorable mention — “Love” by Maria Rose Ponce-Little

Honorable mention — “An Ode to My Cat” by Grayson Hannam

Junior Division

First place — “The Traveling Boy” by Erik Dockins

Second place — “The Never Ending Staircase” by Rylan Doyle

Third place — “I am More than Just Hair” by Lexie Anderson

Honorable mention — “Alaska” by Max J.T. Johnson

Honorable mention — “Nature” by Kylie McClellan

Intermediate Division

First place — “Clay Vessel” by Emma Racke

Second place — “In Between” by Katelynn Bredemeier

Third place — “Sold My Soul Waiting In Line At Hot Topic” by Madelyn Sackett

Honorable mention — “What do you mean it was fake?” by Alleah Rickard-Stone

Honorable mention — “One Door Opens” by Grace Manning

Adult Division

First place — “story left by a coffee cup in the wee hours of the morning” by Gary M. Armstrong

Second place — “Afternoon Heavy with the Closeness of Rain” by Brooks Carver

Third place — “Songs for Former Gifted Kids” by Melanie Delbridge

Honorable mention — “The Essence of You” by Dorothy Dobson

Honorable mention — “I am the Sky” by Amos Kipkemoi

PHOTO GALLERY: 35th annual Carl Sandburg College Poetry Contest awards

***Courtesy of Carl Sandburg College***

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