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Lydia Wei Takes Top Honor in GBF High School Poetry Contest

The Richard Montgomery High School Junior was awarded first prize in the poetry contest for her poem “Bulletholes.”
Post Date:05/20/2019 2:45 PM

Lydia Wei, a Gaithersburg, Md., resident who is a junior at Richard Montgomery High School, was awarded first prize in the Gaithersburg Book Festival poetry contest for high school students for her poem “Bulletholes.”

Second prize went to Oak Hill, Va., resident Esther Palmer, a senior at Oakton High School for “The Music.” Gaithersburg, Md., resident Olivia Cordle, a sophomore at Quince Orchard High School, received both third prize and Fan Favorite for “Concern Yourself Ghazal.”

Prizes for first-, second- and third-place winners, provided courtesy of Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County, were $250, $100 and $50, respectively, with the fan favorite winner receiving $25.

Maryland Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri judged the poetry contest and, along with Festival Founder and City of Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, presented winners with their prizes during the Festival on May 18. Cavalieri also selected two honorable mentions, “For Mama, In Belief” by Hyattsville, Md., resident Emma Allen, a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School; and “Hunting in November” by North Potomac, Md., resident Emily Tian, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School.

To be eligible for the poetry contest, students had to be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a public or private school, or be in a homeschool program, for the 2018-19 school year. Additionally, entrants had to reside in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia.

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