The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

January 17, 2014

Jefferson Area High School students get poetry published

JEFFERSON — Twenty-one Jefferson Area High School students will soon be published poets.

Every year English teacher, Karen Klein, has her junior and senior students write original poetry to submit to Creative Communication for its anthology, A Celebration of Poets: Midwest, Grades 10-12.

“I sent in 30 poems,” said Klein. “I went through all of them and sent the best of the best. I sent in 30, and 21 got selected for publication.”

Schools that have five or more students published receive a free copy of the hardcover book. Klein said that she has received a book nine years out of the ten she has been participating with her students.

“Every time I received a book, I donated it to the library where it will be housed forever. So, students’ future grandkids can see their grandparents’ work,” she said. “I think that is the coolest thing.”

Because more than half of the poems submitted from Klein’s classes were selected for publication, JAHS is being recognized among the top ten percent of the schools that entered. It also received the Fall 2013 Poetic Achievement Award that is “given to schools whose students’ entries in the contest were exceptionally high merit.”

Klein said, “One of the best parts of the school year, for me, is when the poetry contest results come in. It seems that the people who win never expect to win, so it’s very exciting.”

The Midwest edition of the anthology publishes poems from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. According to a letter from Thomas K. Worthen, Editor at Creative Communication, less than 50 percent of the submitted poems are selected for publication.

“We have found that schools with excellent language arts programs have a much higher percentage of their students’ writing accepted,” wrote Worthen. “With excellent teachers, come excellent writers and sometimes over 50 percent of a class is accepted.”

Klein will also be recognized in the anthology as a teacher who had more than 15 poets accepted. “I think it’s important that students receive validation from experts besides their teachers,” she said. “When it covers the whole Midwest, it’s a real honor.”

One of the selected poems was written by junior, Shawna Pope, who said she is planning to go to law school. “I was excited when I heard my poem was selected. I like writing poetry. I don’t read it; I just love to write it,” she said.

“It lets me express my feelings and emotions,” Pope said. “I re-wrote it, like, ten times before I turned it in.”

The other students who will be published are juniors, Natalie Arnold, Logan Byler, Sam Caskey, Brittany Dean, Albury Henry, Christian Saunders, and Derek Tanner.

Seniors whose poems will be published include Richie Blough, David Bookbinder, Sarah Brook, Samantha Burnett, David Chase, Kayla Hall, Steven Houser, Dusti Pilkington, Leah Preslar, Kadi Scafuro, Caitlyn Stimson, Tiffany Strope, and Kaitlynn Young.

1
Text Only
Local News
Canoe Race and Ashtabula Easter Events
Good Friday Cross Walks and Easter Egg Hunts
Spring Comes Alive
Ashtabula Spring Cleaning
The Taping of the Teacher: A sticky Sitation
Saturday Fun in Ashtabula County March 22, 2014
American Red Cross Ashtabula County Heroes Breakfast
Rotary Club Dodge Ball Tournament
18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Geneva State Park
End of year weather extremes
Christmas 2013
Harpersfield Barn Fire
Route 11 Rescue Plymouth Township
Ashtabula Fire
House Ads
AP Video
NDN Video
Grumpy Cat Not Impressed at "Idol" Is Shaquille O'Neal the World's Best Ex-Athlete? Raw: Obama Plays Soccer With Japanese Robot Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 2 BASE Jumpers Set World Record Screaming 2-year-old gets psyched at Penguins game Pineda: Put pine tar because he didn't want to hit anyone Beyonce on Her Biggest Influence Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Clerk catches on fire after man throws Molotov Cocktail into Brooklyn store Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India