Six Oak Park poets were recognized for their work this month by the 2019 Gwendolyn Brooks Youth Poetry Awards.

The competition, sponsored by Illinois Humanities and the Poetry Foundation, honored students kindergarten through 12th grade throughout the state.

Third-grade Oak Parker Tessa Pruden, a student at The Children’s School won for her poem titled “Storm.” And Oak Park and River Forest High School Freshman Ruby Davis was a winner for her poem “Bug camp. Age Twelve. Mississippi: The Killing Jar”.

Four students received honorable mention for their poems. Those students include: Olivier Axelrad, a third grader at The Children’s School, for the poem “The Commercials”; Micah Daniels, an OPRF High School junior, for the poem “Bathing in Alabaster Oceans; and OPRF High School seniors Morgan Vornado and Corina Robinson for their poems “Morg-man” and “All Girls Want to be Pandas,” respectively.

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