By seeing beyond the everyday and bringing her observation to life with poetry, Amelia Manenti, a talented Canfield Village Middle School student managed to capture the Mahoning County Public Library's 2011 Danielle Scott Memorial Poetry Contest.
A fitting tribute to a valued member of the library's Teen Advisory Board whose love of writing is remembered, and whose presence is missed since she lost her life to cancer, The Danielle Scott Memorial Poetry Contest is now in its third year.
Melissa Meese, eighth-grade Reading Language Arts teacher at Canfield Village Middle School, incorporated the contest into her class curriculum, explaining that she assigned her students the challenge of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary on their topic of choice.
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Mahoning County Public Library’s John Waller was on hand at Canfield Village Middle School, where he presented Amelia Manenti with a plaque and monetary prize as the winner of the 2011 Danielle Scott Memorial Poetry Contest.
"Amelia's poem was about a scrapbook-type bulletin board that gradually changes through time, reflective of how she changes through time as she grows up," said Meese, adding that the criteria for the assignment was that students had to guide the reader to the poem's meaning through word choice and the rhythm of stressed and unstressed syllables.
Sharing that she heavily encouraged her students to enter the contest, as well as another for the assignment, Meese said that it is a class requirement that they "go public" somehow with at least three writing pieces during the school year.
The contest criteria calls for teens in grades seven through 12 to enter one poem with a theme of their choice, submitting directly to any of the Mahoning County Public Library's, or online.
Manenti shared that the process and being chosen winner will encourage her to continue writing poetry. As the 2011 honoree, Manenti was awarded a plaque and monetary prize, an accomplishment certainly fitting to adorn her bulletin board of memories.
Amelia's prize winning entry is as follows:
half way filled with
as wrinkles spring to the skin and technology advances
the echoes confusingly screech, "hellohellohello?"
as the pins create eyes admiring
as wrinkles become more vivid and technology expands
the echoes are now desperate for attention
as the pins grow tired of looking out
they now only focus on
passed up by the thought of
left, right, left
forgetting about Miss Mary Mac
standing back facing reality
I look at the memories that built up
but I realize it's only a