A Poetry Contest!

In conjunction with Cupertino’s Rotary Club, I’m excited to announce that organization’s first poetry contest.

Please help us spread the word and encourage students to enter.  This is an exciting opportunity.  In each age group, three prizes will be awarded.  First prize is $100.  Second prize is $50.  Third prize is $25.


Students from Homestead, Lynbrook, Monta Vista, Fremont, and Cupertino High School (grades 9- 12) as well as Middle Schools Kennedy, Miller, Hyde, Lawson, and Cupertino Middle Schools (grades 6 – 8) are invited to submit poems for the first annual poetry contest hosted by the Rotary Club of Cupertino.

Award ceremony and reading:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 12:00 – 1:30 pm at Quinlan Center, Cupertino


Students may submit poems that address “Be a Gift to the World” which reflects Rotary’s core values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. For example, poems about giving to others, connecting with community members, valuing our differences, and remaining true to our principles would be appropriate. The subject matter may be broad in scope, or it may be as narrow and precise as one moment of two people understanding one another with a look or handshake.

Write the poem that comes from your truest heart and your unique identity. Write the poem that no other person could write!

Poet Laureates Dave Danny, Jennifer Swanton Brown and Amanda Williamsen are the judges. Mayor Barry Chang and Vice Mayor Savita Vaidhyanathan will award prizes on behalf of Rotary Club of Cupertino.


March 15 – April 15, 2016
Submissions to be sent to Irmgard Lafrentz, Rotary Youth Counselor, irmgard@globalpresspr.com

April 15, 2016 Submission Deadline

May 13, 2016
Judges declare 3 winners from High School students and Middle School students

May 20, 2015 Winners will be contacted and must commit to June 15 award ceremony

Rotary International http://www.rotary.org
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services and to advance goodwill and peace around the world

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