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Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Lupercal Poetry Contest

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Lupercal Poetry Contest! Over one hundred submissions were received this past December, and there were so many incredible essays and poems about women who inspire you. We want to take the time to thank every entrant for sharing their work, the teachers for encouraging their students' submissions, and the judges for generously volunteering their time. We'll be publishing some of the winning entries in posts soon. Today, we're celebrating the announcement of the winners in each category!

MIDDLE SCHOOL: All middle school submissions came from teacher Lisa Masoni of Harker Middle School in San Jose, CA. Thank you for your participation!

1st place- "Mary Anning" by Jason Shim

2nd place- "Frida Kahlo" by Eric Zhang

3rd place- "Vera Rubin" by Juliana Li


1st place- "Hersilia" by Allen Gift of Westtown School in West Chester, PA

2nd place- "Xinyuan “Joyce” Pu" by Xinran (Olivia) Ma of Culver Academies in Culver, IN

3rd place- "Dr. Joyce Hill" by Lulu Hunter of the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ

Honorable Mentions:

"Millicent Fenwick" by Samantha Insler of the Academy of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ

"Kat Holmes" by Sigrid Drefke of National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.

"Breonna Taylor" by Sudishma Acharya of East Greenwich High School in East Greenwich, RI

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg" by Sreenidhi Dharmaraj of Lexington High School in Lexington, MA


1st place- "Hypatia" by Lisa Masoni

2nd place- "Sappho" by Hexiang Wu

We encourage you to use the winning poems in your classes as we publish them here on our blog!

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