Dear Poets,

Students submitted over 2,700 entries in our Thirty-First Annual Student Poetry Contest of 2017. We are proud to see so many talented students writing poetry!  Listed are the Grand Champions for each category.   There are also 5-10 additional winners in each category that are not listed.

Please join us Sunday, June 4th, 2017 from 12-2PM, at the Walt Whitman Birthplace to celebrate your writing excellence. State Senator Carl Marcellino and Huntington Town Councilwoman Susan Berland will offer congratulatory remarks.   Grand Champions will read their winning poems.  All winners will receive a certificate and a gift bag prize.

Thank you and congratulations!

Cynthia Shor
Executive Director

Grand Champions

Category A-  Individual Poem- Grades 3 & 4

Tessse Burke/ “A Beautiful Song, a Beautiful Sound”

Bosti Elementary School


Category B- Individual Poem- Grades 5 & 6

Muskan Kumar/ “I Dreamed a Dream of a Brand New World”

 Wisdom Lane Middle School  


Category C- Individual Poem-  Grades 7 & 8

Nathan Barry/ “The City That Was Mine”

The Laurel Hill School


Category D- Individual Poem- Grades 9 & 10

Hadar Leybov/ “Disaster”

North Shore Hebrew Academy High School


Category E- Individual Poem- Grade 11 & 12

Sophia Takvorian/ “Tall Grass”

Manhasset High School


Category F- Individual Anthology 3-12

Christian Ramos/ “The Thoughts of a Quiet One”

Longwood High School


Category G- Class Anthology- Grades 3 & 4

Mrs. Shari Zindman / “DREAMS”

Locust Valley Intermediate School

Category H- Class Anthology- Grades 5 & 6

Ms. Christina Tambini/ “Dreams”

South Country School


Category I- Class Anthology- Grades 7 & 8

Mr. Karl O’Leary/ “Dreams Devoured”

Richard T. Stank Middle School

Category J- Class Anthology- Grades 9 & 10

Mrs. April Zabinsky/  “We Dream, Today and Everyday”

North Shore Hebrew Academy High School


Category K- Class Anthology- Grades 11 & 12

Ms. Ellen Michael/ “…but I’m not the only one”

Longwood High School


Category L- Multi-media Grades 3-12

Mrs. Rand/ Ms. Rubenstein/ “A Child Floats Down a River of Dreams”

JFK Middle School

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