Haiku Fest awarded certificates to all participating student poets. Thanks to over 2,000 poets, parents and teachers for making Haiku Fest successful. Winning entries are listed below.

We proudly announce the following commendations for participants in grades 5 and 6:

First Prize: $100

When I cry I’m trapped
My throat eats away my heart.
I am burnt inside

Olivia Adams, Age 11, Grade 5
University of Chicago Lab School


Second Prize: $50

The waves embrace you
Shake your heart like a blender
Welcome to tides’ world!

Ting Ting Chen, Age 12, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Third Prize: $20

In the alleyways
Beautified vandalism
Fills walls with color

Victoria Falkowski, Age 12, Grade 6
St. Francis Borgia, Chicago


Gwendolyn Brooks CPS Award

the angry wolf lurks
its teeth shiny like diamonds
yelling at the moon

Adan Vazquez, Age 11, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Gwendolyn Brooks CPS Award

my cat purrs in glee
he vibrates like earthquakes do
hibernates like bears

Jessenia Diaz, Age 12, Grade 6
Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago


Founders Award

Stuck in the blizzard
The bitter fright of worry
As the daylight fades.

Yusouf Hakim, Age 11, Grade 5
Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, IL


Poem of the School Award

Spring is wonderful
It gives me good vibes inside
The cool breeze outside

Victoria Taylor, Age 12, Grade 6
Alex Haley Academy, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

I feel like a cloud
the wind pushes me around
but I stay quiet

Gabriella Aviles, Age 12, Grade 6
Norman Bridge Elementary, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Look at your hand prints
Lines, wrinkles, identity
Telling who you are

Lilly McCarthy, Age 11, Grade 6
Queen of Angels, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

daffodils, tulips,
colors, swaying in the wind,
the beauty of spring

Angeleo Alonzo, Age 10, Grade 5
St. Barbara, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

sea shells in the sand
gentle waves touching the shore
crystal clear water

Claire Cotter, Age 10, Grade 5
St. Christina, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Warm flowers blooming
beach colorful sunny bugs
spring break warm squirrels

Mariana Diaz, Age 10, Grade 5
St. Gerald, Chicago


Honorable Mention

A luminous lake
A deluge of bright ripples
Copious frogs croak

Lucy Bruns, Age 11, Grade 5
Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, IL


Honorable Mention

A page a canvas
Every sentence a paint stroke
A jewel of words

Mackenzie Fodrey, Age 11, Grade 5
Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, IL


Honorable Mention

Branches like a blade
Swinging high, touching the sky
Soon it will all die

Jackie Liu, Age 12, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Honorable Mention

The birds flew around,
Flower petals fluttered and
Rabbits hunting food

Jennifer P. Mei, Age 11, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Honorable Mention

Beautiful flowers,
Stand like relics in the field
All hearts filled with joy

Angelica Podstawska, Age 12, Grade 6
St. Francis Borgia, Chicago


Teacher of the Year:

Ms. Rebecca Grober
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention:

Ms. Nilsa Lopezlena
Avondale-Logandale Elementary, Chicago


Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention:

Ms. Mindy Gonzalez
Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago


School of the Year:

Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Mindy Gonzalez
Ms. Kristina Jubera
Ms. Joann Hernandez


School of the Year Honorable Mention:

John Haines Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Rebecca Grober
Ms. Angela Twillie
Dr. Bellasanta Ferrer
Ms. Anna Khawam
Ms. Becky Yau
Ms. Yi Li Ruan


School of the Year Honorable Mention:

University of Chicago Lab School

Ms. Staci Garner
Ms. Lisa Miller
Ms. Peggy Doyle
Ms. Lisa Sukenic
Mr. Joseph Drogos
Mr. Sam Nekrosius
Ms. Deborah Davis
Mr. Mark Krewatch
Ms. Stephanie Mitzenmacher

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