Online Book Features The Best Haikus Written By BCPS Students

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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD – Selection of haikus written by students for the 2021 Haiku Team BCPS Contest have been compiled in a book online which explores the theme of change. A panel of 14 judges sorted 1,649 haikus from 108 schools to choose the top three winners. They also selected 190 other favorites to include in the book.

Until the 2020 pandemic, favorites were published in a softcover book each year, which was given to star students and placed in school libraries. This year, like last year, an online book will be composed so that the selected favorites are accessible to all. Student illustrations complement each section of the book.

The book includes the haikus created by the three laureates named in April 2021: Aubrey Suljak, Grade 5, Jacksonville Elementary School; Madilyn Senisse, 8th grade, Arbutus College; and Noah Colosino, Grade 10, George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

“I can’t imagine how the judges select the winners and their favorites,” said BCPS Superintendent Darryl L. Williams. “The haikus created by our students showcase their intelligence, insight, creativity and humor. We thank every student who participated and we acknowledge the support and encouragement our student writers receive from their teachers and families. Each year, this competition affirms the strength of the BCPS team’s commitment to the literary arts and self-expression.


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