2015 Poetry Contest Winners!



UPDATE 29th JUNE: The prizes were posted on the weekend and should be with the winners by the 1st of July.

If a child would like his or her poem back, please send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope (to Carol McDonald, Kürbergstrasse 51, 8049 Zürich). 

We have our winners!

Thank you to all of the young poets who sent in entries this year. We had 50 poems in three age categories.

Our judges this year were a literature professor, a college literature and composition instructor, and an American honors university student. They enjoyed reading all of the poems and chose the ones they felt evoked feeling, used the “growing” theme, and included poetic elements.

That said, there were so many worthy poems to choose from. Some were hard to set aside. When a category had an especially large number of entrants (ages 9-11) or it was too hard to make a choice, a tie was declared, or we awarded honorable mentions.

Most of all, it was wonderful to see how the kids worked with words and ideas and presented these on paper. Thank you again to the kids who sent in poems and to the adults who encouraged them.

Illustration by Laura Munteanu.

Poetry Contest 2015 Winners

Ages 6-8

First Place:Growing Poem
by Jibril Berrazouane, age 8
International School of Bern

Second Place: “The Lovely Living of the Tree
by Meret Samson Pajkic, age 6
Sevogal Schulhaus, Basel

Third Place (tie):I Grow Slow
by Helen Zenobi, age 8
Schulhaus Bläsi, Zurich

Third Place (tie): “Growing
by Xanthe Pearse, age 7
Schulhaus Oeggisbuel, Thalwil

Ages 9-11

First Place:Thinking
by Maksimilian Ropotar, age 10
Swiss International School Schönenwerd

Second Place: “Bamboo
by Lou Eva Nadjin Sémon, age 9
Swiss International School Schönenwerd

Third Place: “Growing
by Siarra Healey, age 9
Schulhaus Bützi, Egg

Honorable Mention: Untitled
by Leo Zenobi, age 10
Schulhaus Bläsi, Zurich

Honorable Mention: Small and Tall
by Timo Bolt, age 10
Swiss International School Schönenwerd

Ages 12-14

First Place: The Growth of My Feelings
by Paige Matthews, age 12
International School of Zug and Luzern, Baar Campus

Second Place: Late Bus
by Zine Öztürk, age 13
Swiss International School Schönenwerd

Third Place:Growing Adventures
by Laura Cataldo, age 14
Kantonsschule Zug

Honorable Mention: My Parents and Me
by Leandro Zazzi, age 13
Swiss International School Schönenwerd

2 thoughts on “2015 Poetry Contest Winners!

  • July 29, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Thank you for the reward. Jibril received it and was actually quite proud of his achievements… At least, it is an encouragement for him to may be pursue in the art of writing…
    We will be watching for more challenges!!
    Kind regards,
    valerie Boudarel

    • July 29, 2015 at 8:24 am

      Thanks to Jibril for his lovely poem! Good luck to him with his writing, and we look forward to seeing more of his endeavors in our future challenges. We hope to announce another one soon. Wishing you a good rest of your summer.


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