BY CARLI UDINE
English Honor Society (EHS) is hosting a love-themed poetry contest until March 6. The first-place prize will be $100, the second-place prize $75, and the third-place prize $50. EHS will be not be accepting any more entries after March 6.
EHS sponsor Cecilia Fonseca said she is excited to witness what students can bring to the table when she judges this contest. In order for a student’s work to be submitted, his or her poem must be 20 lines in length and have rhyming verses.
Mrs. Fonseca said with the theme of the contest being love, students are able to get very creative.
“From the students, I am expecting the traditional and hopefully the not-so-traditional. For example, the love of pizza, etc.,” Mrs. Fonseca said.
Mrs. Fonseca also added that almost every academic year, EHS puts on contests like the Short Story contest and other competitions that allow students to expand and test their knowledge in the field of English. These contests try to encourage students to be more involved in writing.
“This contest was formed to give students another opportunity to engage in a literary contest. We had the Short Story, so why not Poetry?” Mrs. Fonseca said.
She anticipates around 50 to 65 students will enter the contest. In the Short Story contest, there was a slightly higher number of participants, but because this contest is a new one, participation may be lower.
“The participation in this contest really depends on how interested the Creative Writing classes are,” Mrs. Fonseca said. “For the Short Story contest, all three winners came from Ms. [Joyce] Seigel’s class. Not even English Honor Society had a high number of entries.”
Freshman Alexia Young has entered a piece of her poetry into this contest. When writing, her inspiration will come to her at random times, and when an idea arises, she will utilize it to her best ability, Young said.
“I entered my work in this contest because I like to write poetry and thought it would be something fun for me to do and hopefully there will be a good result from it,” she said. “I am able to test my strengths against these students, and if I win, it looks good on my college application.”