Kenosha 5th-grader wins national poetry contest

Posted Monday, August 26, 2013 --- 7:15 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Kenosha fifth-grader will be honored this week after her poem won a national contest for Black History Month.

A Kenosha News report says Marissa Callaway will be recognized at Tuesday's meeting of the Kenosha Unified School Board.

Callaway's poem, "Black," was selected out of thousands in the Top Ten Poems for the Spring Creative Communications Poetry Contest in the U.S. and Canada. She won in the category for grades 4-6.

She wrote the poem at the suggestion of Meg Fisher, her fifth-grade teacher at Stocker Elementary. Marissa says she came up with it to illustrate "how so many things are black and how they could be perfect and beautiful."

In one line she writes, "As you can see black, black is beautiful just like me."

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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