Congratulations are in order for three Woodburn High School student who were recently recognized for their talent in writing.
The Oregon Poetry Association recently recognized Janice Gara and Nelly Gridinar for poetry submissions to the Cascadia Poetry Contest. Their poems will be published on their website, www.OregonPoets.com, and in a print publication they sponsor that includes poetry contestant from other division who are also being recognized. Gara and Gridinar are both being recognized under Division IV, which is the high school division.
Gara’s, a sophomore at Woodburn Academy of Art, Science, and Technology, received recognition for her poem, “Do Not Disturb” and Gridinar, a freshman at Wellness, Business, and Sports School, was recognized for her poem “Show the Light.”
Emma Hernandez-Sanchez, also a freshman at Wellness, Business, and Sports School, was one of four students to win the Yes!Student Writing Competition. Hernandez-Sanchez’s essay, “It lies in Society Not in Race,” will be published in Yes!Magazine, www.yesmagazine.org.
Hernandez-Sanchez, along with the other four contestants who placed in the Yes!Magazine Student Writing Competition, will also get the opportunity to experience the editing process led by the magazine editor.
These are the poems submitted for the contest that brought recognition to Nelly Gridinar and Janice Gara. Emma Hernandez-Sanchez’s essay will be published in Yes! Magazine and due to copyright issues, we are not allowed to publish her work on our website. However, once available we will add the link to this story.
Show the Light
By Nelly Gridinar
The light in the sky
On the dark foggy night
The light I want to be
To shine and be a star
For the darkest corners to see
But not the star
To be shown on TV
Or a magazine cover
I want to be known for what I’ve done
To make the world a better place
The joyful jingle of the bells
On Christmas day
To be myself
To show the world
That there is hope
There is the chance
That we can help others
Who needs our help
So we will be their angel
For the day
I don’t want to be known
To be shown on TV
I want to be known
In the hearts
And be the light
For the world
To be famous for
What I said and done
Giving hope to others
Do Not Disturb
By Janice Gara
I am busy
My heart is under Construction
The walls keep my heart sheltered
you tore them down.
But in doing so my heart suffered the most distraction,
my heart was blown up into shards and scraps
the blueprint to keep my heart secured would consist of:
brick wall with barbed wire and for good measure, I would add spikes.
Countless pieces of my heart are lost, and I have no idea where they are, and
I worry I will never find them again.
I was searching far and wide but no sign, I put up missing posters that might help.
My mind is under maintenance.
All of my thoughts are covered in clouds and cobwebs.
I can feel the gears trying to turn but nothing.
I tried to load, search, process what was happening, but no result were found and
now my mind is lagging,
there is so much to take in I just might overload.
My soul is being patched up
everything will go back to normal,
but in reality, it will never be the same.
Every fragment of my soul is so unique like a snowflake, each one different from the other, but so delicate and fragile
I will mend them all back together, to make a beautiful, stunning, lovely quilt, which is me.
I have a lot of stuff to do if you don’t mind.
I am working on me.