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 7 and 8:

First Prize: $100

Old graffitied notes
Fill the bricks with cries for help
The wall crumbles down

Fermi Boonstra, Age 13, Grade 8
University of Chicago Lab School


Second Prize: $50

I sit out and stare
the wind whistles through my hair
tingles on my cheeks

Sofia Niedaszkowski, Age 13, Grade 7
University of Chicago Lab School


Third Prize: $20

Little raindrop sits
Upon a leaf, reflecting
The vast azure sky

Sasha Watson, Age 13, Grade 7
University of Chicago Lab School


Gwendolyn Brooks Award

I visit a friend
he’s surrounded by others
and six feet under

Irmani Johnson, Age 12, Grade 7
Amelia Earhart Elementary, Chicago

Poem of the School Award

The alligator
Glides through the swampy waters
waiting for dinner.

Andre Jones, Age 13, Grade 7
Alex Haley Academy, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

All of it is art.
The weird smile, your undone hair,
Appreciate it.

Gael Granados, Age 14, Grade 8
Galileo Scholastic Academy, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Nestled in her heart
The shadows hugging tightly
When no one else would

Isabella Figueroa, Age 12, Grade 7
Near North Montessori School, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

See the silent lawn
Green grass rolling in tiny waves
Beaks descend on stalks

Levyn Mathew, Age 13, Grade 7
Plum Grove Junior High, Rolling Meadows, IL.


Poem of the School Award

Ocean glittering
Time of beauty not yet nigh
Come dance with the waves

Waverly Adams, Age 12, Grade 7
Pope John XXIII School, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

One world, all people
One religion, one bad crime
Respect life, stop this

Tim Witchger, Age 13, Grade 7
Queen of Angels, Chicago


Poem of the School Award

Red and yellow leaves
Autumn is a wet paint brush
Splashing bright colors

Lidia Gebreyes, Age 13, Grade 7
St. Thomas of Canterbury, Chicago


Honorable Mention

Wish upon a star
No, not that one-it’s broken
Believe me… I’ve tried

Emma Ciesla, Age 13, Grade 7
University of Chicago Lab School


Honorable Mention

As pain grows inside
as skies break down with thunder
howling winds roar loud

Katelin Brock, Age 13, Grade 7
Amelia Earhart Elementary, Chicago


Honorable Mention

Salty summer tears
The taste of watermelon
Tan line diary

Roxane Bushofsky, Age 13, Grade 8
Near North Montessori School, Chicago


Honorable Mention

Mystery writer
A sudden quirk breaks his slump
Ideas in mind

Danielle Toren , Age 14, Grade 8
St. Francis Borgia, 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