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See the Winners of K12’s ‘Hometown’ Poetry Contest

This year’s K12 poetry contest revealed a number of talented young poets! The theme was “Hometown,” and we received more than 400 poems from students in kindergarten through 12th grade that demonstrate their poetic genius and creativity that spreads from coast to coast.

View our online collection of participants, and see the fantastic submissions we received this year.

If you submitted a poem, you can download your certificate of participation, print it, personalize it by filling in your poet’s name, and pin it somewhere in your home to encourage more writing.

The winners have been chosen, and we would like to congratulate the following students:

Best Overall

Rachael M., iQ Minnesota, Isanti


First Place, Sapphira-Lin D., Agora, Pittsburgh

Second Place, Braylen W., MGLVADetroit

Third Place, Zoey C., NCVA, Knightdale

First Grade

First Place, Maggie B., CPA, Colorado Springs

Second Place, Barrett M., Albany Online!, My Hometown

Third Place, Bayan M., Osceola Virtual School, Kissimmee, Florida

Second Grade

First Place, Noah E., CAVA, Roseville

Second Place, Rylan H., CAVA, Waimanalo, Hawai’i

Third Place, Cypress G., Lawrence Virtual School, Neodesha, Kansas

Third Grade

First Place, Djoni Ray M., A3–California Prep, Sunnyvale, CA

Second Place, Kevin R., VAVA, Buena Vista

Third Place, Avery G., VAVA, Marion

Fourth Grade

First Place, Brighton B., TOPS, Prosper

Second Place, Sequoia G., Lawrence Virtual School, Neodesha, Kansas

Third Place, Talia F., IDVAHorseshoe Bend

Fifth Grade

First Place, Isabella W., OHVA, Athens, OH

Second Place, Grace M., A3–California Prep, San Rafael, CA

Third Place, Reese L., K12 Independent Learning, Daytona Beach Shores, FL

Sixth Grade

First Place, Cortez R., iQ Los Angeles, Chicago is Where I’m From

Second Place, Ana Maria G., TOPSTexas

Third Place, Hannah H., WAVA, Omak

Seventh Grade

First Place, Kaelyn K., CAVA, Windy Day in My Hometown

Second Place, Maieda K., FLVA, I’m Home

Third Place, Mahayla P., AZVA, My Hometown

Eighth Grade

First Place, Adrianna A., CAVA, Fort Worth, Texas

Second Place, Shyenne S., NVVA, My Wonderful Lovely Homes

Third Place, Aidan F., AZVA, Tucson The Desert

Ninth Grade

First Place, Penny D., Willy Brandt SchuleI, Harvey, Do Confess

Second Place, Sarah K., NVVAElko

Third Place, Emma M., OKVCA, Military, Don’t Know What to Count

Tenth Grade

First Place, Laurelle B., IAVA, Cedar Rapids: Home of My Heart

Second Place, Meghan H., MNVA, A Home is Not a House

Third Place, Trinity R., TOPS, San Antonio

Eleventh Grade

First Place, Kirstianna G., Lawrence Virtual High School, Unmistakably Home

Second Place, Faith L., SCVCS, Hometowns (Plural)

Third Place, Samantha S., ARVA, JASPER

Twelfth Grade

First Place, Ansley H., GCA, Dawsonville

Second Place, Cierrah D., Insight Arizona, Valley Washington

Third Place, Cassidy D., AZVAMesa

Thank you for celebrating poetry with us this year and for sharing your love for your hometown. We look forward to reading your submissions for next year’s poetry contest.

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Brittany Marklin

Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.

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