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Release Date: 5/23/2017 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

We can't stop the haiku! Announcing a book of our 100+ favorites

Towson, MD - What’s the latest buzz in Baltimore publishing? It just might be the upcoming Springtime in BCPS book, a curated selection of 119 haiku written by Baltimore County Public Schools students.

“When we announced a haiku contest for students, we had no idea that we would receive more than 1,650 entries or that we would be so impressed with students’ vocabulary, word choice, imagery, and humor,” said Chief Academic Officer Verletta White. “The way that teachers embraced this learning opportunity has helped showcase the immense talent of our students.”

In addition to picking winners at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, the contest judges selected more than 100 poems to be included in a limited run book, Springtime in BCPS, which will be distributed in late May. The haiku in the book represent 63 schools and 119 student poets, and the book includes artwork by 10 students from nine schools. Every student whose haiku or artwork is included in the book will receive a copy. In addition, every BCPS school library will receive a copy.

The contest was conceived as part of the ongoing We Are Team BCPS campaign, which seeks to unite all facets of the BCPS community from students and staff to residents and businesses.
The campaign kicks off each year with Back to School Involves You, Too, inviting everyone to celebrate the start of school. Team BCPS Day every January sustains the spirit of unity and pride as the community boasts BCPS blue. Now, the Haiku Contest will round out each school year.

Entries for this year’s haiku contest poured in from 100 elementary, middle, and high schools, representing every grade level from Prekindergarten through Grade 12, including students receiving services from special education and the English for Speakers of Other Languages program.

Educators and parents alike praised the haiku contest’s focus on writing, poetry, and literacy, sending in notes that shared students’ excitement about haiku, and their natural facility with its abbreviated structure. Educators connected the contest to a variety of experiences from music to anime to outdoor science.

Contest judges included Joseph Reisberg, a Carver Center student and a National Student Poet, along with representatives from the BCPS Department of Academics, the Office of English Language Arts, and the Department of Communications and Community Outreach. They judged all poems blindly, without knowing the authors’ names or schools.

In addition to serving as a judge for the contest, Reisberg created a promotional video for the contest and wrote a foreward for the book.

(Editors/reporters/producers - A list of all students whose artwork or haiku is featured in the book accompanies this release.)

Students featured in the Springtime in BCPS book

(All students wrote haiku unless identified as having contributed artwork.)

Arbutus Middle School
Grace Bielski
Sarah Buchman
Jadyn Smith
Asha Spence
Melissa Spicer
Siang Tun
Adam Wiley

Battle Grove Elementary School
Mason Lookingbill

Carney Elementary School
Artwork: Ethan Smith

Catonsville Elementary School
Ollie Helt
Kate Parker
Arushi Patel
Madilyn Senisse

Catonsville High School
Zeal Goolesby
Daniel Thang

Chadwick Elementary School
Sampanna Dulal
Lex Guevara
Ryenne Tyler

Chapel Hill Elementary School
Anna Lapadat
Brooke Marriott
Gianina Pagano
Aleesia Pin
Alaina Steinbach

Charlesmont Elementary School
Alexis Keffer
Madison Lewis

Chesapeake High School
Joshua Annan Heagy

Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School
Daishia Wills

Colgate Elementary School
Nathan Rodriguez-Torres
Artwork: Luz Martinez

Deep Creek Middle School
Trent Harcum
Kevin Satterfield

Dulaney High School
Samantha Engler
Jennifer Medrano
Amanda Molino
Emily Williams
Adam Zimmerman

Franklin Elementary School
Maya Butler
Riley Samay
Joshua Starcher
Sabrina Thaler
Artwork: Lilly Heuisler

Franklin High School
Citlally Aguilera

Franklin Middle School
Michelle Gorner

George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Lukas Austin
Nadia Karber
Claire Roberts
Joshua Christopher Torrence

Gunpowder Elementary School
Zayniah Ali
Margaret Patterson

Hampton Elementary School
Jahniya Isabel Braga

Hillcrest Elementary School
Artwork:Colette Zahn

Holabird Middle School
Mackenna Langkam

Jacksonville Elementary School
Mariam Darraj
Charles Jackson Morgan

Kenwood High School
Michael Koory

Lansdowne High School
Antonio Forrester
Emily Moxley

Loch Raven High School
Sydney Miller

Loch Raven Technical Academy
Artwork: Reagan McCafferty

Lyons Mill Elementary School
Anjola Anifowase
Mackayla Hutchinson

Mars Estates Elementary School
Isaiah Forbes

Martin Boulevard Elementary School
Karlin Fertig
Sum’mer Jones
Lincoln Myers
Soleil Umbarger

Mays Chapel Elementary School
Jenna Collidge

Middle River Middle School
Artwork: Jainson Cedillo
Artwork: Ava Horwitz

Middleborough Elementary School
Lynn Eckenrode

Milford Mill Academy
Kenneth Smith

New Town Elementary School
Chloe Phillips

New Town High School
Shifa Ahmed

Overlea High School
Daquon Anthony

Owings Mills Elementary School
Chiara Adjoh Davoh
Samiyah Harris
Desiree Miranda
Joselyn Salazar
Akili Williams

Owings Mills High School
Artwork: Juwan Aggrey-Smith

Padonia International Elementary School
Jack Frasca

Parkville High School
Kristen Wheeler

Parkville Middle School
Serenity Rodgers
Kayla Yup
Tyler Yup

Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts
Noah Peterson

Perry Hall High School
Amy McHugh
Parker Rowe

Perry Hall Middle School
Briana DeSilva

Pikesville Middle School
Steven Fung

Pine Grove Elementary School
Rachael Chao
Newell Glaser
Tyler Harrison Howard

Pine Grove Middle School
Hannah Maul

Pinewood Elementary School
Brandon Barboza
Mingni Dong
Zoe Hyde
Alex Lupton
Aaron Natividad
Susan Radebaugh
Sarah Wang

Pleasant Plains Elementary School
Peter Kelly

Randallstown High School
Kayla Binns

Relay Elementary School
Brianna Zach

Ridgely Middle School
Emily Chamish
Shrayaa Jayapal
Artwork: Anning Cui

Riverview Elementary School
Leland Mattis
Kimberly Zepeda Turijan

Rodgers Forge Elementary School
Isabel Stump-Coale

Rosedale Center
Journay Tucker

Sandy Plains Elementary School
Nehir Sunay
Riley Walp

Seventh District Elementary School
Mikayla Claggett
Ashley Patterson

Sparks Elementary School
Allegra Francis
Claire Seligson

Stoneleigh Elementary School
Ellen Heavers
Noah Sealock

Sudbrook Magnet Middle School
Macie Hakim

Summit Park Elementary School
Tegan Hakim

Towson High School
Makenna Hakim

Vincent Farm Elementary School
Madelyn Chavis

Warren Elementary School
Max Edwards

Wellwood International Elementary School
Dessa Haavik

Windsor Mill Middle School
Artwork: Adira Collick

Woodlawn High School
Deleicea Green

Woodlawn Middle School
Dashawn Osborne
Nelson Rodriguez

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