Of the 26 poems chosen to be finalists in Beverly Public Library’s 23rd Annual Teen Poetry Contest, 15 were composed by Waring School students. Sweeping the top three places in the high school division and grabbing a third-place finish in the middle school competition were four members of the Wolfpack.
More than 500 poems were submitted to the contest and blindly judged by three local, published poets. Twelve of the thirteen finalists in the high school division were written by Waring students.
Winning the high school competition was sophomore Griffin Wells for "The Biggest Question Ever."
Senior Gareth Buhl earned second place in the high school division for “Looking in at an Old Friend's Wake,” and senior Elizabeth Patrick took third place with “Oranges.”
Taking third place in the middle school division was eighth grader Jordie Cornfield for “sleepy, gold cliches.”
Earning honorable mention awards were senior Sasha Malley for “January Christmas Party” and “Museum of Mirrors,” junior Benjamin Weedon for “Descending a Spiral Staircase: Attempt 2,” senior Paul Taylor for “Fix-it Shop” and “Chevalière des Palmes Académiques,” Buhl for “Passing Strangers on Beacon St.,” Wells for “Sleep Dart,” senior Chloe Hupin for “Butterfly,” freshman Caroline Hopkins for “Watercolors,” eighth grader Amelia Wyler for “As an Artist,” and Cornfield for “thoughts from a messy room.”