Grand Avenue’s Adriana Pioli Named Poetry Contest Champion

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Adriana Pioli, an eighth-grade student at Grand Avenue Middle School has been selected as the grand champion of the 2018 Walt Whitman Birthplace 32nd annual Poetry Contest.

English teacher Dawn Silvestri supported and promoted the students’ creative endeavors, which led to Pioli’s poem “My Mom” earning the top spot.

Two other eighth-grade students were selected as category winners, Madeline Finelli’s “Tribute to the Joy Within” and Kyle Ulmschneider’s “My First Homerun.” 

“Each of these students has been invited to attend a celebration with their families and teachers to be held at the Walt Whitman Birthplace at noon on Sunday, June 3,” said English Chairperson Mary Donnelly. 

The event will be officiated by Vijay Seshadri, the WWBA 2018 Poet in Residence, and Pioli will read aloud her prize-winning poem.