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ISBA Student Poetry Contest

Thank you to all those who participated in the 2021 ISBA Student Poetry Contest. We received poems from 6th through 12th grade students around Idaho. Judging was conducted by the ISBA staff and Executive Board members. Poems were scored based on a rubric system that graded on over-all message, form, technique, punctuation, and originality. We received many outstanding poems. The following poems are our top choices for each grade.


6th Grade – Madelyn Willcox, American Heritage Charter

7th Grade – Samara Steele, Victory Charter School

8th Grade – Ashlee Christensen, Raft River Junior High, Cassia County SD

9th Grade – Giana C. Pugh, Taylor’s Crossing Public Charter

10th Grade – Kelsey Inskeep, Blackfoot School District

11th Grade – Isabella Z. Defoort, Kootenai School District #274

12th Grade – Karissa Newell, Renaissance High School, West Ada School District