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Three DHS Students Are Finalists in Annual Poetry Festival

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Three DHS Students Are Finalists in Annual Poetry Festival
Posted on 04/26/2016
This is the image for the news article titled Three DHS Students Are Finalists in Annual Poetry FestivalThree Deering High School sophomores – Alexander Fitzgerald, Fadumo Adan and Arlo Farr-Weinfeld – are finalists in the Ninth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival. The festival will be held Sunday, May 1, at the Maine Coast Waldorf School in Freeport.

These students' poems were among only 20 selected for the event. They were chosen from more than 100 submissions from students in Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin counties. This year's judge is nationally known poet Rachel Contreni Flynn, who will announce the first, second, and third prizewinners of the contest at the festival.

All three Deering students expressed feelings of surprise about having their poems selected. “I feel lucky and also proud of myself,” Alex said, adding, "I am really impressed and really proud that three Deering students out of the 20 were selected as finalists for the festival."

Shana Genre, the students' Creative Writing teacher, welcomed the happy news. “I am so excited that these students will be honored at the festival,” she said. “It has been a pleasure to work with them and watch their creative voices develop.”

During the Festival, the winning poets will meet Judge Contreni Flynn, hear her speak about the importance of poetry and read some of her own work. Arlo and Fadumo will be among the finalists who will read their winning poems. The finalists also will receive a booklet comprised of all the finalists’ pieces, and receive a gift certificate provided by local bookstores: Longfellow Books in Portland; Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick; and Sherman’s Books & Stationery in Freeport.

The top three prizewinners will have their poems displayed on a large poster that will be distributed to the nearly fifty public and private high schools whose students were invited to submit work.

Click on the links below to read the Deering students’ poems:

“To the Dreaming Kid”
A poem by Arlo Farr-Weinfeld

“Eons”
A poem by Alexander Fitzgerald

“The Doll”
A poem by Fadumo Adan

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured (from left) are Deering High School sophomores Alexander Fitzgerald, Fadumo Adan and Arlo Farr-Weinfeld. The three are finalists in the Ninth Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival.