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Black Tie International:
Palm Beach Poetry
PALM BEACH POETRY
of High School Poetry
(Standing L-R) Dr.
Jeff Morgan, Miles Coon, Dr.
Blaise Allen, Benjamin Copan
(Sitting L-R) Rachel
Katz, Adriana Ugarte, Melissa
Photo by Michiko Kurisu
First Place Prize Goes to Debra Marcus,
Sophomore at Wellington High School
Other Student Winners from 454 Entries Include
* Rachel Katz, Junior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts
* Adriana Ugarte, Junior at Dreyfoos School of the
* Melissa Dubey, Freshman at Jupiter High School
* Benjamin Copan, Junior at Wellington High School
12 Award-Winning Poets to Attend Poetry Festival
At Old School Square in Delray Beach, January 18-23
(Delray Beach, FL – January 11, 2010) Miles
Director of the Palm
Beach Poetry Festival,
the Festival’s Director of Community Outreach, today
announced the winners of the annual High
School Poetry Contest.
The first place prize (two passes to the
Festival and $50) was awarded to Debra Marcus of
Wellington, a junior at Wellington High School,
for her poem, Circus
The four runners-up, who will each receive one
Festival pass and $25, include:
+ Rachel Katz,17, of West Palm Beach, a junior
at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts,
for her poem, I’ve put on my Makeup For You.
+ Adriana Ugarte, 16, of West Palm Beach, a
junior at Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of
the Arts, for her poem, Autumn.
+ Melissa Dubey, 15, of Jupiter, a ninth grader
at Jupiter High School, for her poem, Changing.
+ Benjamin Copan, 16, of Wellington, a junior
at Wellington High School, for his poem, E.O.
Wilson’s Ants and the Hofstaderian Brain.
Open to Palm Beach County public and private
high school students, the 454 entries received
in this year’s High School Poetry Contest were
judged by Dr. Jeff Morgan, of Lynn University’s
Department of English. In addition to the
Festival passes and cash prizes, the winning
students will have their poems published on the
Festival’s web site (www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org).
In addition, the five winning students will get
to read their poems at a special presentation
ceremony on Thursday, January 21, 8 p.m., at Old
School Square’s Crest Theatre in Delray Beach.
This event is open to the public.
About the Palm Beach Poetry Festival 2010:
Eight faculty poets, two Florida poets and two
performance poets will be featured at nine
ticketed public events, January 18-23, including
readings, talks and a lively panel discussion.
In addition, the workshop participants will give
two afternoon readings, free to the public.
Tickets are available for purchase through the
festival website and at the Crest Theatre Box
Office at Old School Square. Or by phone at
561.243.7922. General Admission ticket prices
per event are $12/adult, $10/senior and
$8/student. Special student group rates are
Presented in partnership with Old School Square,
the Palm Beach Poetry Festival is sponsored
by Morgan Stanley, the Palm Beach County
Cultural Council, The Palm Beach Post, WXEL TV &
FM and Murder by the Sea, Delray Beach’s
independent bookseller. All
events will take place in the Crest Theatre,
Cornell Museum and Vintage Gymnasium of Old
School Square in Delray Beach.
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