This year, three poets from the Middle School were recognised in a nation-wide poetry contest. SMUS ranked second out of 500 schools that participated in the Poetry Institute of Canada’s Young Writers contest.
Grade 7 student Natasha Caton did amazingly well, winning second place in western Canada for her cheerful and clever poem, “Summer Holidays.” Grade 7 student Keenan Manhas and Grade 8 student Mitch Cram both received an Award of Excellence for their poems “Children of War” and “Blue Addiction,” respectively.
“They are great kids, and by doing this, it raises the bar and gives the students a chance to get recognized,” says Middle School English teacher Mr. Don Pollock. Mr. Pollock has been entering his students’ work in poetry and essay contests for more than 15 years, and is very proud of his students’ performance this year.
The Poetry Institute is a Victoria-based writers’ group formed to encourage young writers across Canada. All three SMUS student poets will be published in an anthology that features the contest’s winning poems. Natasha, Keenan and Mitch will receive their award certificates at the Middle School year-end assembly on June 19.