Winner spotlight: Sophia Diggs-Galligan

Meet Sophia Diggs-Galligan. She garnered both a Kids Poetry Contest first place ribbon for her age group and the first place prize over all for her poem “The Farmer.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges.

The video shows Sophia reading her poem and keeping tremendous poise among the hubbub of the fair. Microphone assistance came from Kid Power‘s Grant Elliott and American Sign Language interpretation was courtesy of Birnbaum Interpreting Services. A transcript of the poem follows the jump. Continue reading “Winner spotlight: Sophia Diggs-Galligan”

Winner spotlight: Rachel Epstein-Shuman

We are pleased to introduce you to Rachel Epstein-Shuman, who took home a first place ribbon in the Kids Poetry Contest with “On the Steps of My Garden.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges.

The video shows Rachel reading her poem on the morning of the fair, with microphone assistance from Kid Power‘s Grant Elliott and American Sign Language interpretation courtesy of Birnbaum Interpreting Services. A transcript of the poem follows the jump.

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Winner spotlight: Vivienne Rioux-Bailey

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We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Vivienne Rioux-Bailey, who took home a second place ribbon in the Kids Poetry Contest with her poem “Everybody Knows About Carrots.”

For this very first DC State Fair Kids Poetry Contest, youngsters in first through seventh grade from all over the city submitted their poetry on the topic of vegetables or gardens. We were stunned by everyone’s creativity. The final (and difficult) selection fell to our panel of esteemed judges (PDF).

Many thanks to Kid Power DC for their sponsorship of the contest!

Without further ado, here is the poem:

Vivienne Rioux-Bailey – Second Place, grades 4 and 5

Everybody Knows About Carrots

My cats Ping and Pong love them
While my friend despises them!
While a witch is putting them in her pot,
My mom’s probably not!
Carrots are good for your eyes.
They have a nice crunch and munch
While you’re training for your punch.
They’re crunchy like a Kit Kat
But healthy as can be (like peas)!
Crazy, crunchy cool as can be
A vicious and nutritious snack
A pop-in-the-mouth snack
So convenient my mother says
I like to say, “A carrot a day keeps the doctor away.”
Carrots are a nice and juicy snack for the road.
“Got Carrots” is a phrase you should say–especially today.
Remember bright stuff is always good for you, so EAT UP!

 Photo by Flickr user Steven Depolo