Just in time to celebrate  National Poetry month in April, the judging is over and the participating high schools in Guilford County now have their 2012 poets laureate.  For the 9th consecutive year participating high schools held a contest open to all students.  Students were invited to submit 3 original poems.  Internal judging by faculty members narrowed the contestants down to three poets at each school.  These poets and their poems were sent to a final judge who selected the poet laureate for each school.  Jacinta White, a poet and Director of The Word Project, was this year’s final judge.  The 2012 poets laureate and their schools are:


    Justin Shannin from the American Hebrew Academy

    JaVontae Murray from Andrews High School

    Jada Bryan from Dudley High School

    Sydney Lockhart from The Early College at Guilford

    Sowmya Mangipudi from Greensboro Day School

    Jonathan Reeve from Grimsley High School

    Tamera Garlington from High Point Central High School

    Xochi Ortiz from the Middle College at GTCC – Greensboro

    Morgan Hakala from Northern Guilford High School

    Sydney Forney from Northwest Guilford High School

    Natalie Johnson from Page High School

    Cameron Bello from Penn-Griffin School for the Arts

    Dylan Heine from Southeast Guilford High School

    Rebecca Webster from Southwest Guilford High School

    Autumn Smith from Southern Guilford High School

    Cameron McClellan from Weaver Academy


    This is a collaborative project between the media specialists and teachers in the schools, the Greensboro Public Library, and the Friends of the Greensboro Public Library.  The winning poets will participate in various activities around the county culminating in a poetry workshop with Jacinta White and a public reading of their poems on Saturday, April 28th at the main branch of the Greensboro Public Library in downtown Greensboro.  The public is invited to the reading which will be held in the Nussbaum room of the GPL at 1pm, April 28th.