Winners of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s “Game On!” youth poetry contest were honored on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the SpringFEST celebration at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly, VA.
In recognition of National Poetry Month in April, the Park Authority invited children in kindergarten through eighth grade to write poems inspired by the fun, joy and excitement of parks. Three winners in each age category were selected from 132 entries. The nine winners received $50 Park Authority gift cards and were invited to read their poems at the festival on Saturday.The contest and showcase were presented by the Park Authority and the Fairfax County Park Foundation.
The poets were joined on stage by Natalie Potell, Fairfax County Firefighter and the 2018-2020 Prince William County Poet Laureate. Inspired by the SpringFEST theme of Healthy Planet-, Healthy People, Ms. Potell wrote and shared an original poem entitled “In Winter.”
Back Row (left to right): Ken Quincy, Providence representative, Park Authority Board; Natalie Potell, Prince William County Poet Laureate; Cristin Bratt, Deputy Public Information Officer, Park Authority; Sara Baldwin, Deputy Director, Park Authority; Harry Glasgow, Fairfax County Park Foundation Board member; Lane Brooks, Fairfax County Park Foundation Board Treasurer; and Ashley Chon of Vienna, sixth grader at Colvin Run Elementary School.
Front Row (left to right): Elias Rhee of Fairfax, fifth grader at Mantua Elementary School; Naomi Rucker of Springfield, fifth grader at West Springfield Elementary School; Bianca Volociuc of Fairfax, fourth grader at Fairhill Elementary School; Aabaq Gaffar of Vienna, sixth grader at Mosby Woods Elementary School; Zoya Quraishi of Ashburn, kindergarten homeschool student; Lauren Miller of Chantilly, first grader at Lees Corner Elementary School, and Emma Davis of Alexandria, kindergartener at Mount Eagle Elementary School.
Not pictured: Betty Schlageter-Prettyman of Vienna, sixth grader at Fairhill Elementary School.
For more information on the poetry contest and showcase, visit Park Authority Poetry Contest.
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