Student Contests

Nancy DeHonores is the new Chair for Poetry in Schools.

1121 Greenbend Drive
Denton, Texas 76210
(940) 367-0927
nawalasky@gmail.com

Poetry in Schools

Poetry in Schools remains one of the Poetry Society of Texas’ most successful programs. It is one of the largest student competitions among all the state members of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. The competition is sustained by donors who give $25.00 or more as contest sponsors. The program also welcomes donations of support from those who do not wish to sponsor contests. For information about the competition or to become a sponsor and/or donor contact the chairperson.

Student Awards

Poetry Society of Texas has a long history of recognizing student poets, and since 1989 the society has offered contests for students from first grade through high school.

Following the dissolution of the 30 year-old program, the board established a new 10 contest format for the autumn of 2018.  With the establishment of this contest, student poems will be published in A Book of the Year and awards will be presented at the annual awards banquet along with the adult awards.

To view full contest rules and categories, please click below.

♦ POETRY SOCIETY OF TEXAS STUDENT AWARDS 2021

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ROSTER OF STUDENTS PRIZE WINNING AWARDS 2021

1. MAHAN PRIZE (Grades 8-12) ~ Judge:  Budd Powell Mahan

            Prize               Name of Student                      Age & Grade

            1st                    Julian K. Seghers                     16 years old – 11th Grade
            Poem:              “Ode to my Piano.”
            Teacher:          Ms. Lucy Seward
            School:             Heights High School
                                    Houston, TX 77008

            2nd                   Saniya Pendharkar               17 years old – 11th Grade
            Poem               “Hear Us.”     
            Teacher            Ms. Heidi Hughes
            School             Allen High School
                                    Allen, TX 75002

            3rd                    Carolyn Lu                         14 years old – 9th Grade
            Poem:              “The Cupcake Adventure”    
            Teacher:           Ms. Tiffany Lee
            School:            Cinco Ranch High School
                                    Katy, TX 77494

            4th                    Katrina Machetta                  16 years old – 11th Grade
            Poem:              “The Me I Never Understand.”         
            Teacher:           Luis Abenir
            School             Klein Collins High School
                                    Spring, TX 77388

            HM                 Elizabeth Nassi                      13 years old – 8th Grade
            Poem:              “Spectacular Surroundings”
            Teacher:           Ms. Joanie Geffen
            School:            Levine Academy
                                    18011 Hillcrest Rd.
                                    Dallas, TX 75252

2. BEATRICE LAND MEMORIAL  (Grades 6-7) ~ Judge: Catherine L’Herisson.

           1stPrize                  Maya Menon                       12 years old – 6th Grade
            Poem:              “To Be Swallowed by a Book”
            Teacher:           Ms. Deidre Thomson
            School:            The Hockaday School
                                    11600 Welch Road
                                    Dallas, TX 75229      

           2nd Prize                Avika Guttigoli                    12 years old – 6th Grade
            Poem:              “I stole it from the Sky”
           Teacher:          Ms. Deidre Thomson
           School:             The Hockaday School
                                    11600 Welch Road
                                    Dallas, TX 75229

         3rd  Prize         Jessy Nguyen                                 11 years old – 6th Grade
            Poem:              Reading”
            Teacher:          Mrs. Kristi Person
            School:             Sugar Land Middle School
                                    321 Seventh Street
                                    Sugar Land, TX 77498

        4th  Prize          Christina Zhu                                  12 years old – 6th Grade           
           Poem:              “A Powerless Winter”
           Teacher:           Ms. Deidre Thomson
            School:            The Hockaday School
                                    11600 Welch Road
                                    Dallas, TX 75229

             HM                 Harlan Graham                                11 years old – 6th Grade 
              Poem:              “Candle”
             Teacher:          Ms. Deidre Thomson
             School:             The Hockaday School
                                    11600 Welch Road
                                    Dallas, TX 75229
3. NAOMI STROUD SIMMONS MEMORIAL (6–7) ~ Judge: Judy Kirkpatrick.

             1st Prize           Callie Coats                               12 years old – 6th Grade 
              Poem:              “Dandelions”
             Teacher:           Ms. Deidre Thomson
             School:            The Hockaday
                                    11600 Welch Road
                                     Dallas, TX 75229

              2ndPrize          Mary Elise Estess                       12 years old – 6th Grad 
               Poem:              “Role Model”
               Teacher:           Deidre Thomson
               School:            The Hockaday
                                       11600 Welch Road
                                       Dallas, TX 75229

              3rd Prize          Avery Camp                               11 years old – 6th Grade
               Poem:              “Seasons of the Blue Jay”
              Teacher:           Mrs. Laura Embree
               School:            Gorzycki Middle School
                                      7412 Slaughter Lane
                                      Austin, TX78749

            4th Prize          Leila Hulme                              12 years old – 6th Grade
                Poem:              “The Rabbit Runs”
                Teacher:           Ms. Deidre Thomson
                School:            The Hockaday
                                        11600 Welch Road
                                         Dallas, TX 75229

             HM                 Cindy Zhou                                12 years old – 6th Grade 
                 Poem:              “Thoughts”
                Teacher:           Ms. Deidre Thomson
                School:            The Hockaday
                                        11600 Welch Road
                                        Dallas, TX 75229

4. PAT AND DON R. STODGHILL AWARD (6–7 ) Judge: Pat Stodghill.

             1st                    Lauren Schwartz                     12 years old – 6th Grade
                 Poem:              “Endless Potential”
                Teacher:          Ms. Deidre Thomson
                 School:           The Hockaday
                                       11600 Welch Road
                                       ;Dallas, TX 75229

              2nd                    Maya Menon                          12 years old – 6th Grade
                  Poem:              “Magic”           
                  Teacher:          Ms. Deidre Thomson
                   School: The Hockaday
                                    11600 Welch Road
                                    Dallas, TX 75229

            3rd                    Audrey Zambrano                   12 years old – 6th Grade
                  Poem:              “Wind”           
                 Teacher:          Ms. Deidre Thomson           
                  School:          ;The Hockaday
                                         11600 Welch Road
                                         Dallas, TX 75229

            4th                    Sarina Rutner                         13 years old – 7th Grade
                  Poem:              “Where am I?”
                  Teacher:          Ms. Joanie Geffen
                   School:        Levine Academy
                                       18011 Hillcrest
                                      Dallas, TX 75230

              HM                  Reagan Nguyen                       12 years old – 6th Grade
                  Poem:              “The Book”
                 Teacher:             Ms. Deidre Thomson
                 School:              The Hockaday
                                          11600 Welch Road
                                          Dallas, TX 75229

5. KARLE WILSON BAKER MEMORIAL PRIZE, Grades 6/7 ~  Judge: Patrick  Marshall

              1st                    Harlan Graham                     11 years old – 6th Grade
                   Poem:              “Divided”
                  Teacher            Ms. Deidre Thomson
                  School:            The Hockaday
                                      11600 Welch Road
                                      Dallas, TX 75229

             2nd                   Siena Ebert                            12 years old – 6th Grade
                  Poem:              “Secrets”
                 Teacher            Ms. Deidre Thomson
                  School:            The Hockaday
                                       11600 Welch Road
                                       Dallas, TX 75229

             3rd                    Aryaa Sachdev                      11 years old – 6th Grade
                   Poem:              “In the Seasons”
                   Teacher            Ms. Deidre Thomson
                    School:            The Hockaday
                                    11600 Welch Road 
                                   Dallas, TX 75229

             4th                    Roni Levkovich                     12 years old – 7th Grade
                  Poem:              “Dreams Do Come True”
                  Teacher            Ms. Joanie Geffen
                  School:            Levine Academy
                                           18011 Hillcrest Road
                                            Dallas, TX 75252

             HM                 Leila Davis                             12 years old – 6th Grade
                  Poem:              “Happiness”
                  Teacher            Ms. Deidre Thomson
                  School:            The Hockaday|
                                          11600 Welch Road
                                          Dallas, TX 75229

6. MONTGOMERY AWARD (Grades 4–5)Judge: Cindy Wood

            1st                    Cate Strom                              10 years old – 5th Grade
                    Poem:              “Golden Glow.”
                    Teacher:          Lisa Waugh
                  School:             The Hockaday School
                                11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

             2nd                    Claire Mennel             11 years old – 5th Grade
                    Poem:              “Soar.”
                    Teacher:          Ms. Deidre Thomson
                   School              The Hockaday School
                              11600 Welch Rd.
                              Dallas, TX 75229

             3rd                    Sophia Lee                               11 years old – 5th Grade
                    Poem:              “Wind.”
                   Teacher:          Ms. Lisa Waugh
                    School:             The Hockaday School
                                        11600 Welch Rd.
                                        Dallas, TX 75229

           4th                    Amelie Fisher                          10 years old – 5th Grade
                   Poem:              “The Fleeing Leaves.”
                  Teacher:            Ms. Lisa Waugh
                    School:             The Hockaday School
                                              11600 Welch Rd.
                                    Dallas,           TX 75229

            HM                  Caroline Hayes                        11 years old – 5th Grade
                  Poem:              “A Leaf.”
                  Teacher:          Lisa Waugh
                  School:              The Hockaday School
                                              11600 Welch Rd. 
                                             Dallas, TX 75229

7. MILDRED VORPAHL BAASS MEMORIAL (Grades 4–5) Judge: Nancy Baass 

            1st Prize           Cate Strom                                         10 years old – 5th Grade
                    Poem:              “Hair Troubles”
                    Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                   School:            The Hockaday School
                                            11600 Welch Rd.
                                              Dallas, TX 75229

          2nd Prize         Stella Fish                                           11 years old – 5th Grade
                      Poem:              “Tree”
                      Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                     School:            The Hockaday   School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

           3rd Prize          Arden Buckner                                 11 years old – 5th Grade
                        Poem:              “Mask”
                        Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                        School:            The Hockaday School
                                             11600 Welch Rd.
                                               Dallas, TX 75229

           4thst Prize       Olivia Pearson                                   11 years old – 5th Grade
                          Poem:              “Happiness”
                          Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                          School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

           HM                 Anna Gerow                                      11 years old – 5th Grade
                            Poem:              “Dull Class”
                            Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                            School:            The Hockaday School
                                                    11600 Welch Rd.
                                                      Dallas, TX 75229

8. JOHN D. VAUGHN MEMORIAL A. (Grades 4-5) Judge: Dr. Aman Kahn

           1st Prize           Miriam Alexa Chavez-Ayala  11 years old – 5th Grade
                              Poem:              “Still There”
                              Teacher:          Ms. Deidre Thomson
                              School:             The Hockaday School
                                                        11600 Welch Rd.
                                                        Dallas, TX 75229

           2nd                    Michelle Cheng                                  10 years old – 5th Grade
                              Poem:              “ENOUGH”
                                Teacher:          Ms. Lisa Waugh
                                School:             The Hockaday School
                                                          11600 Welch Rd.
                                                        Dallas, TX 75229

             3rd                    Maggie Hurley                                   11 years old – 5th Grade
                              Poem:              “Death’s Lullaby”
                              Teacher:          Ms. Lisa Waugh
                              School:             The Hockaday School
                                                    11600 Welch Rd.
                                                    Dallas, TX 75229

            4th                    Campbell Fahnestock                        11 years old – 5th Grade
                                  Poem:              “Night’s Pollution”
                                  Teacher:          Ms. Lisa Waugh
                                    School:             The Hockaday School
                                                        11600 Welch Rd.
                                                        Dallas, TX 75229

           HM                  Joyce Jin                                    11 years old – 5th Grade
                                Poem:              “Mirror”
                                Teacher:          Ms. Lisa Waugh
                                School:             The Hockaday School
                                                          11600 Welch Rd.
                                                          Dallas, TX 75229

9. VIOLETTE NEWTON MEMORIAL A.  (Grade 4–5)Judge: Karen Mastracchio

            1st                    Caroline Hayes                      11 years old – 5th Grade                                                                   Poem:              “Thunderstorms”
                                  Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                                  School:         The Hockaday  School
                                                        11600 Welch Rd.
                                                         Dallas,  TX 75229

            2nd                   Kayla Zhang                          11 years old – 5th Grade
                                      Poem:              “A Notebook”
                                     Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                                     School:            The Hockaday   School
                                                              11600 Welch Rd.
                                                               Dallas, TX 75229

           3rd                    Mia Frary                              11 years old – 5th Grade
                                       Poem:              “Some Words”
                                      Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                                       School:            The Hockaday                                       School
                                                                11600 Welch Rd.
                                                                Dallas, TX 75229

              4th                     Chloe Byrd                           11 years old – 5th Grade
                                      Poem:              “My Silence”
                                      Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
                                      School:            The Hockaday     School
                                                                11600 Welch Rd.
                                                                Dallas, TX 75229

            HM           Magic Cather                         11 years old – 5th Grade
                                      Poem:              “The Bigger Picture”
                                     Teacher:           Ms. Deidre Thomson
                                      School:            The Hockaday School
                                                              11600 Welch Rd.
                                                              Dallas, TX 75229

10. MARCELLA SIEGEL CONTEST (Grades 1-3) ~ Judge: Ms. Ann Howells

             1st Prize:         Lerato Gwelo                         8 years old – 3rd  Grade
                                      Poem:              “Winter White.”
                                      Teacher:           Mrs. Denise Luedeke – denise.luedeke@mylcs.com
                                      School:            Liberty Christian  School
                                                             1301 S US Highway 377
                                                              Argyle, TX 76226

             2nd Prize         Savera Bhola                         8 years old – 3rd Grade
                                       Poem:              “Our Earth is Calling”
                                      Principal:         Ms. Heather Cox
                                      School:            Jessie Marie Riddle Elementary
                                                              8201 Robinson Rd.
                                                              Plano, TX75024


11. MILLER MEMORIAL AWARD (Grade 3–5) ~ Judge: Terry J. Miller

          1 st Prize:         Abigail Crook                        11 years old,  5th Grade
                                Poem:              “Bubble Bath.”
                                Teacher:           Lisa Waugh
                                School:            The Hockaday School
                                                                11600 Welch Rd.
                                                                Dallas, TX 75229

            2nd Prize         Maggie Hurley                       11 years old, 5th Grade
                        Poem:              “All the Words.”
           Teacher:           Lisa Waugh School:  
          The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

            3rd Prize          Margaret Lewis                     11 years old, 5th Grade
                        Poem               “The Broken Glass.”
            Teacher            Lisa Waugh
School             The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

            4th Prize          Michelle Cheng                      10 years old, 5th Grade
                        Poem:              “Love Me as You Do.”
            Teacher:           Lisa Waugh
School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd. / Dallas, TX 75229

            HM                 Arden Buckner                     11 years old, 5th Grade
                        Poem:              “Special Yellow.”
            Teacher:           Lisa Waugh
School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

12. JIMMYE INEZ SESSIONS AWARD (Grade 5th) Judge: Laurie Kolp

          1st Prize           Kavya Chava                         10 years old, 5th Grade
Poem:              “A Frozen River”                   
Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

          2nd Prize         Brooklyn Friesen                   11 years old, 5th Grade
Poem:              “Clouded Eyes”
Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

          3rd Prize          Cindy Li                                 11years old, 5th Grade
Poem:              “My Blanket”
Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

          4th Prize          Catherine Hochman              11 years old, 5th Grade
Poem:              “Time”
Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229

          HM                 Ameena Welch                      11 years old, 5th Grade
Poem:              “A Fish”
Teacher:           Ms. Lisa Waugh
School:            The Hockaday School
                        11600 Welch Rd.
                        Dallas, TX 75229