Students in the News

USJ students win top honors at West Tennessee State Fair Pageant

USJ seventh-grader Mary Humphrey, center, was named Junior Fairest of the 2014 West Tennessee State Fair in September.

USJ sophomore Abby Rial, right, was named Teen Fairest of the Fair. At left is the Fairest of the Fair winner, Ashlyn Johnson.

Third-grade students win poetry competition

Anderson Preston won the Griot Collective of West Tennessee’s annual poetry contest for the first- through fifth-grade division. Kade McCarter placed second, and Meera Boyapati placed third. The collective is a nonprofit literary arts organization that sponsors monthly poetry workshops for adults, poetry contests and a visiting writers series.

The winning poems – haikus about winter – are below.

Left to right: Kade McCarter, Anderson Preston, and Meera Boyapati.

“One Snowy Winter” by Anderson Preston
Playing in the snow.
Chilly breeze whipping around.
Winter is the best.

 
“A Snowman’s Life,” by Kade McCarter
Snowmen are very fun.
They laugh and they play, too.
They have a good day.

“Snowflakes Fall,” by Meera Boyapati
Snowflakes are pretty.
So tasty and good to eat.
White and fun to catch.