Walt Whitman and Maya Angelou are famous poets we often learn and hear about. However, LISD students are taking note, improving their skills, becoming poets and winning contests for their use of aesthetic and rhythmic words.
Close to 800 students participated in the 16th annual poetry contest with the Laredo Poetry Festival. The year’s theme was, “Our Precious Earth.”
National Poetry Month is celebrated annually during the month of April. The annual Laredo Poetry Festival hosts the annual contest to promote literacy by encouraging the writing of poems, assisting teachers in bringing poetry into the classroom, increase the attention to poetry and to encourage support for poets and poetry in schools.
Seven LISD students received awards and recognition for their entries. In Group 1, Darlene Ibarra of Farias Elementary received second place, Alan Gomez of J.C. Martin Elementary School, Alejandro Garcia of K. Tarver Elementary School and Ricardo Bolda of Daiches Elementary School placed honorable mention. In Group 2, Angel Padilla of J.C. Martin Elementary School received honorable mention. In Group 3, Jazzmyn Jizelle Sauceda of Memorial Middle School placed second. In the high school category, Lizet Chakerian received the first-place award.