At the end of first semester, 2012, students in Mrs Lisa Harrison's 8th grade English class finished a unit on poetry. Each student created a portfolio of ten original poems. From those portfolios, Mrs. Harrison chose the best three poems to submit to the Creative Communication poetry competition.
Two students, Valerie Cornwell and Blake Olsen, had their poems chosen for publication. Valerie's poem, The Painted Smile, describes the pain many students feel and how they put on a painted smile in order to survive day to day. Blake's poem, Serenity, invites the reader to experience a summer storm and the serenity that follows. Each of the poems will be featured in the student anthology, A Celebration of Poets Fall 2012.