Halls Head College students win top honours at national poetry awards

Some of Halls Head College's brightest and most creative year 10 students have been awarded at the recent Katherine Susannah Prichard (KSP) Writers' Centre National Youth Poetry Awards.

The students from Jessie Threnoworth's English studies class entered one of the pieces they submitted as an assessment throughout the year.

Hundreds of poems from around Australia were received with the judges only able to view the title of each poem and not the writer's name or location.

Miss Threnoworth attended the awards night at the KSP Writers' Centre on December 1 and was excited to learn that four of the six students who were recognised for their poems were from Halls Head College.

Rachel Larsen was presented with a Commended for her piece, Coral Reefs, while Sky McNaughton also received a Commended for Tiger Stripes.

Danai Jedrzejczyk got a Highly Commended top honour with Storm Cloud and Kaiser Kuznicki came away with second prize for his poem, Stars.

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KSP judge Tracy Ryan said the competition attracted even more entries than last year.

"This year's impressive batch of entries was generally a pleasure to read," she said.

"It is wonderful to see such a response from younger people, who clearly help keep poetry alive and relevant."

A Halls Head College spokeswoman said the students were well-deserving of the recognition.

"We are extremely proud of the fantastic work being done in our English classrooms," she said.

"These kind of submissions are often personal and take great deal of care, courage and commitment to see through to the end of a process, which has turned out to be a fantastic learning experience for our students.

"When Miss Threnoworth announced the award winners during class on Monday, the whole class exploded in applause and calls for encouragement on how well they had all performed."