Local students win honors in Oregon State Poetry Association competition

Several area students were recognized in a student poetry competition sponsored by the Oregon State Poetry Association.

Kylan Rice, a senior at South Medford High School, received the top prize in Division IV, for his poem "The Burning Season." This is Rice's second consecutive year winning the top high school honors. The top 10 poems from Divisions III and IV will compete in the Manningham Trust Poetry Contest, sponsored by the National Society of State Poetry Societies.

Tobias Smith from Madrone Public Charter School in Medford received a second place award in Division 1, kindergarten to grade 2. St. Mary's School student Clara Kerwin won honorable mention in Division IV, for high school students.

Two Ashland student poets also submitted winning entries. Kaleb Megarity, a homeschool student in Ashland, won first place in Division II, grades 3-5. Leo Decker, who attends Pilot Rock Christian School in Ashland, received an honorable mention in Division 1, grades kindergarten through 2.

Three Eagle Point high school students won honorable mention awards. They are Ashley Reid, Shaelline McCulloch, and Chelsea Gardiner.

All winning student poems in each division will appear in this year's Cascadia, a student poetry anthology.

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