WHS’s Student Places in Palm Beach Poetry Festival Poetry Contest


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The Palm Beach Poetry Festival has drawn to a close and one fortunate Wellington High School student received the honor of earning 4th place.

Junior Kristen Thies won 4th place after submitting a poem for the annual festival that took place December of 2018.

Kristen’s poem “I’ll Mourn for Me,” is a persona poem from the perspective of the mother of a troubled child.

When asked why she believes creating art is an important part of so many people’s lives, Kristen responded, “It’s an outlet to express emotions.”

Kristen stated that her mother passing away has been an inspiration for her poetry. “It definitely brought out a side of me that wasn’t there before,” she said.

After asking why contests such as the Palm Beach Poetry Festival are important she replied, “It brings light to unknown poets, the little guys.”

You can read Kristen’s poem, along with the poems of the first, second, third, and fifth place winners at www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.