Students from Wellington Collegiate Academy attended the awards ceremony for the annual Palm Beach County Middle School Poetry Competition organized by Laura Costello and hosted at Palm Springs Middle School on Saturday, April 30.
This year’s judges were Anastasia Clark, Virgil Suaréz and David Axelrod, Poet Laureate of Volusia County. Of the 350 poems submitted by writing classes around the county, 150 poems were selected for publication and nine poets received $100 grand prizes.
The hard work of Julie McCord’s language arts class at Wellington Collegiate Academy paid off at the ceremony. In addition to all 11 of her students’ poems being published, five grand prizes went to WCA students. Students thank McCord and writing coach José Stelle for pushing them to submit their best work. Last year Stelle’s class won four grand prizes.
ABOVE: Julie McCord, Kurt McCord, David Axelrod, Stanley Oaks, Laura Costello and Nathan Coley.