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

Silver lined clouds high
All the chances in the world
Yet she wanted gold

Michelle Yu, Age 12, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Second Prize: $50

A noisy kitchen
All the family gathered
Being together

Lucy Bruns, Age 12, Grade 6
Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, IL.


Third Prize: $20

Hear my voice ring out
I am strong, I am female
Our time has arrived

Jordan Marshall, Age 11, Grade 6
Avery Coonley School, Downers Grove, IL.


Founders Award

The grace of my soul
Drifting from reality
Feel my spirit rise

Rashaad Armstrong, Age 11, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago

Poem of the School Award

In Puerto Rico
Boricuas dance in the sun
That is where I’m from

Reianna Carmona, Age 12, Grade 6
Josephine Locke Elementary , Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Dear Broken Mirror
You are now broken like me
But glue can’t fix me

Cielo Barrera, Age 11, Grade 6
Newton Bateman Elementary, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

The sun was shining
And a hot breeze hit my face
Winter never came

Lizbeth Sanchez, Age 12, Grade 6
Norman Bridge Elementary, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

I am a Muslim
Why do you judge my hijab?
Treat me like others

Sana Musa, Age 12, Grade 6
Passages Charter School, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

The beauty of space:
Stars shine in inky blackness
Fires with distant warmth

Kieter Kling, Age 11, Grade 5
St. Christina, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Old dinosaur bones
Relics roaring and roaming
Once living creatures

Ryan Stanek, Age 11, Grade 6
St. Francis Borgia, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

She slides into home
With a fly ball coming fast
And dust in our face

Maddie Stritch, Age 11, Grade 6
St. Francis Xavier, LaGrange, IL.


Poem of the School Award

Strum of the guitar
press of the piano’s keys
distant melodies

Ellie Rademaker, Age 12, Grade 6
St. Monica Academy, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Spring has come again
Fish leaping through melted water
Flowers in the air

Finn Hogan, Age 11, Grade 5
St. Viator, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Kinky poffy hair
Natural and beautiful
My crown and my pride

Dymond Samuels, Age 10, Grade 5
Washington Irving Elementary, Chicago


Honorable Mention

In the dark abyss
The celestial planets
Withhold deep secrets.

Yesi Carpintero, Age 12, Grade 6
Minnie Mars Jamieson Elementary , Chicago


Honorable Mention

My hands like to clap
But I don’t let my hands clap
My hands don’t like me

Qiting Mei, Age 12, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Honorable Mention

Roses are not black
Violets are not red
Love stories are sad

Jacelyn Roman, Age 11, Grade 6
Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago


Honorable Mention

The door creaks open
Letting me inside the pain
Seeing the dark side.

Kamyra Harrison, Age 11, Grade 6
John Haines Elementary, Chicago

Teacher of the Year:

Ms. Rebecca Grober
John Haines Elementary, Chicago


Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention:

Ms. Mindy Gonzalez
Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago


Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention:

Ms. Lauren McNeela
Norman Bridge Elementary, Chicago


School of the Year:

Josephine Locke Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Mindy Gonzalez
Ms. Joanne Hernandez
Ms. Sharon Kells
Mr. David Kissane
Ms. Mary Selim
Ms. Kristina Jubera


School of the Year Honorable Mention:

John Haines Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Rebecca Grober
Dr. Bellasanta Ferrer


School of the Year Honorable Mention:

Avondale-Logandale Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Nilsa Lopezlena
Ms. Ramonita Acosta
Ms. Beth Halpin
Ms. Rochelle Katz


School of the Year Honorable Mention:

Norman Bridge Elementary, Chicago

Ms. Lauren McNeela
Ms. Mary Torres