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2018 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest Winners Selected


The Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest, now in its 8th year, is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 awards. The contest was conceived of by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month (April), and has engaged hundreds of students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) in the writing of poetry over the years.

Students from nineteen elementary, middle, and high schools in Richmond and West County submitted both haiku and short poems. This year’s theme was Change, and students wrote over four hundred poems on the topic.

First, second and third place winners received cash gift cards and certificates; Honorable Mentions received certificates; and all students who submitted poetry to the contest will received a copy of the 2018 Richmond Writes! Poetry Book containing all the poems.


The winners of the 2018 Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest are listed by judging teams:

Team: Silvia Ledezma & Nicole Valentino

Elementary School:

1st Place Poem: “Change” by Mayari Mendo; Washington Elementary

2nd Place Poem:” Fire and Rain” by Jayden Murcia; Montalvin Elementary

3rd Place Poem: “Funerales” by Angel David Alvarez; Washington Elementary

Honorable Mentions

Poem: “Alberto” by Jizelle Velasquez; Washington Elementary

Poem: “Old Yosemite” by Alexandria Duff; Washington Elementary

Middle School:

1st Place Poem: “Fire” by Citlali Mendo;

Korematsu Middle School

2nd Place Poem: “Changes Haiku” by Christopher Otten; Juan Crespi Middle School

[No 3rd place or Honorable Mentions due to number of poems submitted.]

High School:

1st Place: Untitled by Fine Lutu;

John F. Kennedy High School

2nd Place “Change” by Faith Reyes; School:

John F. Kennedy High School

3rd Place: Untitled by Dayshawn Turner;

John F. Kennedy HS High School

No Honorable Mentions

Team: Terri Hinte & Ada Recinos

Elementary School:

1st Place: “The Moon” by Iris Fisher;

Kensington Hilltop Elementary

2nd Place: "Running" by Michael Hassner;

Kensington Hilltop Elementary

3rd Place: "Untitled" by Lucy Anderson;

Kensington Hilltop Elementary

Honorable Mentions

"New" by Torian Bennett; Hanna Ranch Elementary

"An Egg" by Damian Piech, Kensington Hilltop Elementary

Team: David Duer & Tatiana Ortiz

Elementary School:

1st Place: “Seasons” by Kaylin Martinez;

Murphy Elementary

2nd Place: “Sitting Alone” by Alexandra Covey;

Mira Vista Elementary

3rd Place: Untitled by Natalia Giddings;

Murphy Elementary

Honorable Mentions

“Haiku Poem” by Vaughn Ortiz; Murphy Elementary

“Think of Others” by Sumayah Rowaid; Mira Vista Elementary

Team: Tobey Kaplan and Daniel Ari

Elementary School:

1st Place: “I AM” by Ana Julia Curcino; Olinda Elementary

2nd Place: “Change” by A’ Million Morgan;

Murphy Elementary

3rd Place: “Sunrise” by Anna Sophie Koprek;

Olinda Elementary

Honorable Mentions

“Monopoly” by Jawan Eldridge; Olinda Elementary

“Johnny Ruck Got a Duck” by Zander Serrano;

Murphy Elementary

Team: Rob Lipton & Steve Early

Elementary School:

1st Place: “My Goal” by Aileen Alvarado;

Peres Elementary

2nd Place: “My Haiku” by Ximena Santos;

Peres Elementary

3rd Place: “Hurtful” by Lucas Wilson:

Tara Hills Elementary

Honorable Mentions

“Ban”; Andrea Gonzalez; Tara Hills Elementary

“The Changes I Need” by Nivia Ventura;

Tara Hills Elementary

Middle School:

1st Place: “Beach BBQ” by Aaron Aldana;

Sylvester Greenwood Academy

2nd Place: “Close My Eyes” by Sergio Hernandez; S

ylvester Greenwood Academy

3rd Place: “Today I Start My Soccer Dream” by Luis Avelar; Greenwood Academy

Honorable Mentions

“Injured” by Milan Horta; Pinole Middle School

“Life” by Aaron Aldana; Sylvester Greenwood Academy

High School:

1st Place: Untitled by Dalia Horta;

Pinole Valley High School

[No 2nd, 3rd or Honorable Mentions due to number of poems submitted.]

Haiku Awards from the Haiku Poets of Northern CA selected by Susan Antolin:

1st Place: Untitled by Alissa McQueen; Peres Elementary

2nd Place: “Spring Yields” by Anna Sophia Koprek;

Olinda Elementary

3rd Place: “Mommy” by Lilly Hayley Contreras;

Mira Vista Elementary

Honorable Mentions

Untitled by Ana Curtis; Murphy Elementary

“Sunset” by Geneva Metz; Olinda Elementary

“Night to Day” by Kaden Ulrich; Olinda Elementary

“Spring!” by Naomi Avila Aguilar; Peres Elementary

“Change in Weather” by Vianey Henandez;

Mira Vista Elementary

“Butterflies” by Tula Zaragoza; Murphy Elementary

Arts & Culture Manager Awards:

1st Place: “My Brush” by Aubree Jimenez;

Bayview Elementary

2nd Place: “The Wave” by Cesar Viveros;

Bayview Elementary

3rd Place: “My Grandpa” by Melanie Tello;

Bayview Elementary

Honorable Mentions

“Don’t Be Mean” by Sage Evans; Bayview Elementary

“Mr. Troche” by Cedro Muna; Bayview Elementary

Congratulations to all of these winners as well as all participants! For more information about this contest or the organization, contact Michele Seville, Arts & Culture Manager, michele_seville@ci.richmond.ca.us (510) 620-6952.

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