Guilford High School winners of the Guilford Poets Guild contest were honored on May 12 at the Guilford Free Library. Every year the Guild sponsors a poetry contest at the high school to which dozens of students submit poems. Winners are given cash prizes and invited to read at the Guild’s Second Thursday readings.
This year’s winners were Nora Grace-Flood, who won first prize; Aaron Helsel won second; and Tristan Patino won third. Honorable mention winners were Ana Blanchet and Diego Garcia. Andrew Chapman won the Gordy Whiteman Prize for the best poem about Guilford. That prize is funded by Mr. Whiteman who is Guilford’s Poet Laureate.
For one of the winners, Ana Blanchet, the day was extra special because it was also her eighteenth birthday. She brought a chocolate cake and after the readings the audience sang Happy Birthday and everyone had a piece of cake.