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Beware... Bald-faced Bragging Ahead!
The newspaper at my younger daughters' school had a poetry contest. My girls, naturally, entered some of their poetry (although mom had to twist a couple arms...). This afternoon the upper grades held a poetry reading cum awards ceremony for the contest.
The poetry was pretty good, especially given that these are students in 4-8th grade, though they do need to work on their delivery! (they tended to rush and read without much feeling.)
Saara took third place, and Ameera took first.
Even more, the organizer of the contest (the writing and music teacher) told us about the judging procedure... three judges each had five categories in which they could award 5 points, for a total of 75 points. They could each also award bonus points if they felt something about the poem was really unique or special. Saara's poem got a total of 67 points. Second place got 68. Ameera got 80(!), the full 75 plus 5 bonus points. Plus her's was the only poem that got bonus points from all three judges.
Needless to say, I'm as proud as a mother duck.
My own coup of the day... I dressed up in a beat outfit -- black pants and turtleneck, tied the scarf behind the head, a wrist full of silver bangles and a brown suede hipster jacket... One of the girls in my youngest's class stared at me wide eyed and said in a slighly awed tone, "You look cool!"