More Winning Student Writers
Last week we published an essay by our elementary school winner, Aayushi Jah from Main Street School in Irvington.
This week we're pleased to bring you the secondary student winners.
Emilie Hostetter and Nicole Yang are both from Tabernacle Christian Academy in Poughkeepsie. Their teacher is Janine Guadagno.
LOOKING TOPSIDE DOWN Climbing up Bonticou Crag,
Nicole Yang, Grade 12
I split open the wilderness,
Stepping on rocks, I gaze topside down on the mighty Hudson.
In the dusk, I count the tiny houses dotting the scene,
Looking like marvelous stars in a meadow sky,
As I hang over the cliff, I kiss the air lofting off the river
Trees blush red and orange in the sunset.
From a God’s eye view,
I watch the Hudson River flow.
It flows as a cord of living things,
It flows as beating, pulsating heart,
It flows as a mother of the Hudson Valley,
Nourishing everything and everyone.
I Did Not Know
Emilie Hostetter, Grade 7
I didn’t know that jagged bedrock,
sparkling in the sun,
are piled on top of one another,
at Minnewaska State Park.
Climbing up the steep mountainside,
Reaching the top,
with hands beaten-up
from trekking up the cliff,
that requires both hands and feet.
Photo courtesy of Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
Educators: watch for a late summer announcement of the 2012 contest if you'd like to involve your students or be part of our review panel.
Site staff: you are also eligible to join the review panel. And, if you're interested in co-sponsoring the contest by offering a free or discounted class trip for a winning piece, please e-mail Debi Duke or call her at 845-229-9116, ext. 2035.