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Satanta Students Prepare for Area Poetry Contest

By Claudia Jones

As the month of March draws to an end, and April, National Poetry Month, appears on the calendar, Satanta High School’s Mr. Ryan Burrows has partnered with the Dudley Township Library to host two poetry workshops for students interested in submitting their original work in Seward County Community College’s annual poetry contest and Poetry Coffeehouse to be held at the SCCC student union on April 12. According to SCCC English Instructor, Janice Northerns, "The contest offers cash and other prizes for 1st-3rd place in three categories. Junior and senior poetry contest entrants compete for scholarship money."

Satanta High School will be represented in this contest with twelve students participating, including Sami Small, Adan Gutierrez, Brittani Lauppe, Leslie Cabrera, Abbie Purcell, Lake Sunderland, Lizete Olivas, Angel Mendoza, Jody Zimmerman, Heidi Neef, and Kenia Hermosillo all planning to enter poems into the contest. Contest winners will be invited to read their work in person at the Poetry Coffeehouse.

The public is invited to attend this free event, and English teachers, like Burrows, encourage readers and teachers everywhere to participate in National Poetry Month in any way they can. “Check out the website of the Academy of American Poets,” said Burrows who suggested “the section on ‘30 Ways to Celebrate’ offers some creative ideas for classroom teachers that range from making a Mother’s Days card with a line of verse to creating an ‘exquisite corpse' poem to baking a cake using a recipe written in Emily Dickinson’s handwriting.”