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Annual Poetry Contest Inspires Youth to Spread Love and Equality

February 16, 2019 11:15 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- An annual poetry contest aimed at inspiring local students to spread love and equality organized a presentation of the winners on Saturday.

The 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Poetry Contest, organized by the Diversity Council, had a presentation of the contest's winners through a poerty reading on Saturday. The contest is open to students in grades 3-12. 

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Young poets shared their work at the Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester. It was their second reading since winning the contest back in January.

The goal is to keep the Civil Rights Movement alive by influencing hearts at a young age, encouraging children and youth to love each other, regardless of background or race.

Here is the list of winners:

3rd-5th Grade Winners: Jefferson Elementary Students

?1st Place:  Shay Carroll,  "Vines"

2nd place:  Isy Kohler,   "Fire"

3rd place:  Emilyn Dienger, "Waves"

6th-8th Grade Winners: St Francis of Assisi 6th Grade Students

1st place: James Nelson,  "Another Ship Arrives”

2nd place: Rylie Keefe, "We Need"

3rd place: Caitlyn Benitez, "This Place We Know Call Home"

9th-12th grade Winners: Mayo High School 10th Graders

1st place: Uma Ashrani, "Mangoes and Mulberries"

2nd place: Kesarin Mehta, "Aye Aye Captain"

3rd place: Grace Pignolo, "Speak"

If you would like to read the poems, here is a link to the Diversity Council's website: https://www.diversitycouncil.org/poetry

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