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 2011 poets laureate.  For the 8th 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.  Joellen Craft, a poet and instructor at UNCG, was this year’s final judge.  The 2011 poets laureate and their schools are:


    Samantha Flitter from the American Hebrew Academy

    Stephanie Ratliff from Andrews High School

    Jeliyah Callender from Dudley High School

    Zachary Thomas from The Early College at Guilford

    Sam Pulitzer from Greensboro Day School

    Soroush Shahbazi from Grimsley High School

    Mahnaz Shujra from High Point Central High School

    Safiatou Soumana from the Middle College at GTCC – Greensboro

    Amanda Kelly from Northeast Guilford High School

    Olivia Fields from Northern Guilford High School

    Audra Stang from Page High School

    Chelsea Hansen from Penn-Griffin School for the Arts

    Adrienne Flippin from Southeast Guilford High School

    Jordan Taylor from Southwest Guilford High School

    Sabrina Byrd from Weaver Academy

    Morgan Wagstaff from Western Guilford High School


    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 Gary Soto and a public reading of their poems on Saturday, April 30th 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 2pm, April 30th.