The Swamp Fox Writing Project at Francis Marion University sponsored its third annual Langston Hughes imitation poetry writing contest in conjunction with its annual African-American Read-In.
The event was held at FMU’s McNair Science Building auditorium on Feb. 6. Students who were winners in the contest were invited to read their poems before accepting their awards.
The contest was divided into three categories: the lower elementary entrants imitated Hughes’ poem “Harlem;” the middle school entrants imitated his poem “Mother to Son;” and the high school entrants used “Theme from English B” as the focus for their imitation. Winners in the first three places from each category were awarded Books-A-Million gift cards.
Those winners and their respective schools are:
High School Contest
First Place: Fantasia Roberts, Marion High School
Second Place: Emily Reaves, Marion High School
Third Place: Annah Cole, Hartsville High School
Honorable Mention: Michael Owens, Marion High School
Middle School Contest
First Place: Ross Welling, Spaulding Elementary
Second Place: Christina Ard, Bennettsville Middle School
Third Place: Ashley Taylor, Palmetto Middle School
Honorable Mention: Tierra Woodberry, Palmetto Middle School; Danielle Spivey, Palmetto Middle School; Nichole Haberkorn, Palmetto Middle School; Curtis Quick, Bennettsville Middle School
Elementary School Contest
First Place: T’ Andre Allen, Brunson-Dargan Elementary
Second Place: DeJuan Singletary, Chavis Elementary
Third Place: Alexis Moses, Brunson-Dargan Elementary
Honorable Mention: Sydney Gaster, Chavis Elementary
#102 / 2-14-05