2018 Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest

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In support of National Poetry Month, the South Carolina State Library announced the nine winners from the 2018 Young Minds Dreaming poetry contest.  Winners and their families attended the awards ceremony where each student read their poem and met the poet and author Kwame Alexander. Each student received a signed copy of his book, Out of Wonder, and a special award.

Here are our 2018 winners:

Level One - Elementary

  • First Place - Kalila O'Quinn, Chukker Creek Elementary, Aiken
  • Second Place - Flynn Jeffcoat, Midway Elementary School, Lexington
  • Third Place - Sarah Drury, Cross Schools, Bluffton

Level Two - Middle

  • First Place - Seneca Russell, Oakridge Middle School, York
  • Second Place - Cassie Drew, Northside Middle School, West Columbia
  • Third Place - Zoe Boslet, Alice Drive Middle School, Sumter

Level Three - High

  • First Place - Kozbi Bayne,Mauldin High School, Greenville
  • Second Place - Teddy Friedline, Fine Arts Center, Greenville
  • Third Place - Zymesha Nash, James F. Byrnes Freshman Academy, Duncan