We would like to congratulate all of the winners. We also want to thank all of the students who participated in this year's contest. Click on a poem's title to navigate to that poem.

Junior High Winners
1st: "I am the Shadow" - Cristian Beene, eighth grade
2nd: "Night" - Samantha Minnick, seventh grade
3rd (tie): "Summer Days" - Marie Kuron, seventh grade
3rd (tie): "Love" - Beth White, seventh grade

High School Winners
1st: "The Unwritten Prologue to Act V of Romeo and Juliet" - Brandon Goldsmith, freshman
2nd: "Twilight Mischief" - Shane Wagner, junior
3rd (tie): "I Am" - Payton Lechner, sophomore
3rd (tie): "An end and a new beginning" - Makynzie Horvath, freshman

First Place – Rossford Junior High School
"I am the Shadow" - Cristian Beene, eighth grade

Only one color
But not one size
Stuck to the bottom
Yet easily flies
Present in sun
But not in rain
Causing no harm
Feeling no pain

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Second Place - Rossford Junior High School
"Night" - Samantha Minnick, seventh grade

 The frigid air of April’s bloom,
The continuous sound of a bird’s coo,
The rain as soft and sweet as you,
The next month will bring the heat too,
The stars twinkle in the sky,
But I only wish that I could fly.

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Third Place (Tie) - Rossford Junior High School
"Night" - Samantha Minnick, seventh grade

Swimming, Splashing in the water
Feet in the sand, Ice cream melting
And dripping down your face
Fish being caught children playing
Parents laying in the shade
So many more hot days to come.

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Third Place (Tie) - Rossford Junior High School
"Love" - Beth White, seventh grade

Love is pink.
It sounds like beating hearts.
It tastes like chocolate.
It smells like flowers.
Love feels like Happiness.

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HS First Place – Rossford High School
The Unwritten Prologue to Act V of Romeo and Juliet" - Brandon Goldsmith, freshman

The elixir’s illusion will simulate death
And slur wisdoms of lovers found.
Romeo will plea to forever paralyze his breath
So his love will be a beat in harmony’s ground.

With a happy dagger, and a poisonous potion
To end the lives of the two who have loved best,
The grieving lover and a girl with emotion
Will truly take love to its ultimate test.

Their undying love is to allow a power
In which both of them cannot control;
The worst consequence of the elixir’s flower
Will shed light on the foil made whole.

And with these final phrases heard,
Revealed are the husband and wife’s final words.

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HS Second Place – Rossford High School
"Twilight Mischief" - Shane Wagner, junior

When the sun arises, I am amiss, hiding ever so deeply in my abyss.
For every hater of mischief shall know the sun’s rays are nothing but our foes.
Twilight strikes!
Our foes are gone!
The perfect time where we imps belong, causing panic and fear as lights flicker away;
Innocent fools startled by mere child’s play.
They know not what more we hold in store as we pillage and sack.
The victims are left with no more than a heart stopping laugh!
My comrades are caught by the angels of light!
I must take flight!
Dashing throughout the brush, my feet move rapidly!
I mustn’t get caught!
Dawn creeps up just as I hit the hay!
I think I’ve caused enough mischief…for one day.

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HS Third Place (Tie) – Rossford High School
"I Am" - Payton Lechner, sophomore

I am a clairvoyant, a fortune teller.
I look at who he’ll be tomorrow,
Instead of who he is today.

I am an actress, a masquerader.
I play my role beautifully,
Hiding behind a carefully constructed mask.

I am a spy, a fly on the wall.
I watch the world go by,
And record the truth through my own eyes.

I am a warrior, a fighter.
I have my own private war to fight,
Against myself, against the world.

I am a rebel, truly unique.
I do what I want, wear what I want,
Defying what they say is true.

I am insane asylum escapee,
Based on what they say.
I won’t follow their rules and policies,
Which seem to me like true insanity.

I am me,
Don’t judge what that means,
Until you can look beyond what you see.
I just may surprise you.

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HS Third Place (Tie) – Rossford High School
"An end and a new beginning" - Makynzie Horvath, freshman

I can feel the crisp Autumn breeze blowing through the August air.
Aging green leaves ripen with red, brown, and yellows,
while struggling to stay on their mother tree.
The cries and complaints of children are heard throughout the streets.
For the end of summer has finally come to be.

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