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OPA Student Contest Winners for 2022 Announced

The Ohio Poetry Association (OPA) is pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions of the 2022 High School Poetry Contests. Eligible poems were sent to the National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Inc. Manningham Trust Student Poetry Contest. All winning poems receive monetary awards and publication in an OPA chapbook, which will be distributed to the participating schools.

We sincerely thank each contest sponsor and judge and congratulate the teachers from each school with student winning poems and honorable mentions. Special thanks to contest coordinator Jessica Weyer-Bentley for all her hard work to coordinate this year’s contests.

Voices from the Past
Sponsor: Mark Hersman — Judge: Jessica Weyer Bentley
1st   Brooke McCroskey (Jefferson Area High School)        
2nd   Becky Smith (Buckeye High School)
3rd    Madison Palmer (Buckeye Local High School)
Sponsor and Judge: Chuck Salmons
1st    Annie Johnson (Dublin Coffman High School)
2nd  James Zielinski (Brunswick High School)
3rd   Larry Phelps (Jefferson Area High School)
Sponsor and Judges: Great Expectations Writers, Mary Beth Benecke
1st    Annie Johnson (Dublin Coffman High School)
2nd  Alexandra Williams (Milford High School)
3rd   Jordan Scheffler (Lake High School)
HM: Rebekah Repp (Northview High School), Wyatt Kalman (Buckeye Local High School), Larry Phelps (Jefferson Area High School)
Free Verse
Sponsor and Judge: Jessica Weyer Bentley
1st    Bazil Frueh (Ottawa Hills Junior/Senior High School)
2nd   Logan Dentz (Buckeye Local High School)
3rd   James Zielinski (Brunswick High School)
Sponsor and Judge: Pat Snyder Hurley
1st  Jordan Scheffler (Lake High School) 
2nd   Jacob Gonze (Buckeye Local High School)
3rd    Annie Johnson (Dublin Coffman High School)
HM:  Zachary Snider (Brunswick High School)
Metrical Measures
Sponsor and Judge: Betsy Hughes
1st  Annie Johnson (Dublin Coffman High School)
2nd  Carson Wang (William Mason High School)
3rd  Nicholas Prince (Buckeye Local High School)
My Future
Sponsor and Judge: The Pentapoets
1st  Becky Smith (Buckeye High School)
2nd  Joshua Repp (Northview High School)
3rd Logan Carmalt (Buckeye Local High School)
Lyric Poem
Sponsor and Judge: Simple Simon Press
1st Malaysia Clark (Clermont Northeastern High School)
2nd Mckenna Wilhelm (Buckeye Local High School)
3rd Rebekah Repp (Northview High School)
HM: Xzavior Yates (Jefferson Area High School)
Nature Poem
Sponsor and Judge: Kerry Trautman
1st Julia Agnew (Jefferson Area High School)
2nd Madison Palmer (Buckeye Local High School)
3rd Riley Franklin (Jefferson Area High School)


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