• Nov. 8, 2018

    Fifth grader wins regional poetry contest

    Aiden Joyce Boyce Middle School fifth grader Aiden Joyce earned first place in the third-fifth grade category of the 2018 National Chemistry Week illustrated poem contest, sponsored by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society.

    The illustrated poem contest was open to students in kindergarten through grade 12 in southwestern Pennsylvania, the northern panhandle of West Virginia and Jefferson County in Ohio. Students competed within four grade level categories: kindergarten – grade 2; grades 3 – 5; grades 6 – 8; and grades 9 – 12.

    The four first place winners received $50 and their poems entered into a national contest where they will compete against entries from 188 ACS local sections from across the United States. Students who earned second place received $25.

    Students were tasked with writing and illustrating a poem using the National Chemistry Week theme, “Chemistry is Out of This World.” Poems could be any style including haiku, limerick, free verse, etc.

    Entries were judged on relevance to and incorporation of the theme, word choice and imagery, colorful artwork, adherence to poem style, originality, creativity and overall presentation.