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Whitfield Wins Inaugural Poetry Competition

Jessica WhitfieldWINTERVILLE—Jessica Whitfield, a Pitt Community College university transfer student, was announced last week as the winner of the college’s first-ever student poetry contest.

More than 50 entries were submitted as part of the competition, which was held in conjunction with National Poetry Month in April. Students participating in the contest wrote original poems in which they described what spring means to them in 20 lines or less.

Whitfield’s “Spring Love” was selected as the top entry, based on originality, creativity, artistic quality and connectivity to the contest’s theme. She will receive $100 for her first-place finish.

Alexandra Novarro, also a university transfer student, finished second with “The Trees Dance” and will receive $75. Third place and a $50-prize went to Summer Goodman, a business administration student, for her poem, “The Magic of Spring.”

Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April, giving schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States a chance to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

The "PCC Student Poetry Contest" was open to all currently-enrolled Pitt students, regardless of experience.