Fall Poetry Contest Winners!





First Place- Justin Diep (12)

The Horrors HalloweenNight falls, the moon glowsThe temperature drops and the wind blowsAll is silent all is eerily quietAll doors tightly locked shutIt’s a dangerous nightFor creatures awake filled with frightOut of the dark awakes ghostly spectersWith unrested souls of convicted murderersfrom a full moon comes an eerie howlfrom a wolfish face comes a deathly scowlwith fiery eyes and sharpened clawsthis wolf man will hunt you with a feral causelightning strikes and the rain poursFrom a jeweled coffin erupts a haunting roarA hand with talons grasps up into the airRises a creature that you must bewareFor vampires are impossible to outrunBecause if they find you, they have already wonAn Egyptian priest’s entombmentAs an eternal cursed punishmentRises with hateful vengeanceAnd an undead rotting essenceCovered in layers of rotting linensThe mummy’s curse fully awakensAs midnight arrivesYou struggle to survive the undead come closerand you’ve became palerhearing cackling noisesyou see chanting witchescommanding the deadwith eyes glowing redYou cover your faceAnd try to outrun the chaseAs dawn nearsGone are your fearsFor they have disappearedNever again to be fearedYou’re relieved you survivedThe horrors that arrivedBut don’t celebrate this nightFor next year, there will be more fright.

Why did you apply for the contest?

“A few months ago, I got into poetry and started writing a few pieces. I soon [improved], so I thought [the Fall Poetry Contest] was a good opportunity to share my talent with the school.”

What was your inspiration for this poem?

“I was inspired by movies and television shows about monsters, along with my perspective of monsters roaming on Earth on Halloween. It helped me [incorporate] these details [into] my poem.”

What was your reaction to the contest’s results?

“I feel great about [winning]! I did not expect to win, so when I heard about it, I was very surprised.”

What do you plan to do with your prize?

“I want to use the money to buy something for my friends, because they mean so much to me.”



Second Place- Alice Lu

Nightmare on All Hallows’ EveOn All Hallows’ Eve,Monsters and Ghosts roam the streets,Brought to life by children’s beliefs.Some will leave with a sweet treat,But others will stay and haunt your dreams.


Third Place- Veronica J. Stanek

The Costume GameDeath inside is what I seeA vampire without fangsSoulless, empty, shallow lifeA sad one yes indeedA pretty witch stands by my sideAnd yet, how can this be?A face without warts, scars or marks of distasteYet she’s the ugliest witch I’d ever seenThe ghost is silent Not a peepHe hasn’t much to sayThe mummy is quietResting in his tombBasking in the decayThe creatures around are strange, no doubtAnd familiar all the sameShifting, changing, shifting, changing Their mask will always change The witch will leave her broomstick home tomorrowThe mummy will ditch his tomb, his throneThe ghost will sulk and forget That he ever was a ghostBut today is quite strange indeed The costumes can show a lot, it seemsAnd yet I was the quirkiest one of allThe one who looked exactly the sameBut I laugh now because I know Everyone will dress upWill continue on Even though the fun has long been over Their disguise will change But their face will stay the sameI know, it’s hard to believe Still Something about HalloweenJust makes me feelLike I Dressed up as me

Honorable Mentions:

-Halloween Whispers by Leslie Lin

-(Untitled) by Linette Yoon