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Young Poets Award winners Kendall Lee, top left, Lisbel Ayala, top right, Mackenzie Brown, bottom left, and Kelsie Collins, bottom right.

The Eugenia Price/Joyce K. Blackburn Charitable Fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation and Golden Isles Arts & Humanities presented the 17th Annual Young Poets Awards on May 1 via a video presentation that is able to be viewed on the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Facebook page.

The Young Poets Award was established to encourage and recognize the literary talents of students in the ninth through 12th grades, in both public and private schools. The 2020 winners are Kendall Lee, for her poem, “My Dear Friend, Hope,” ninth grade; Lisbel Ayala, for her poem, “The Future’s Future,” 10th grade; Makenzie Brown, for her poem, “Pluto,” 11th grade and Kelsie Collins, for her poem, “Strength,” 12th grade. All the winners are students at Glynn Academy and students of Dr. Susan McLemore. All received a certificate and a check for $250 from Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Executive Director, Heather Heath.

The theme of this year’s Young Poets Award was “Hope.” Students could submit up to three poems for consideration in any style they choose, but the work had to be reflective of the theme. The entries were reviewed and scored by four independent judges.

The Eugenia Price/Joyce K. Blackburn Charitable Fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation’s purpose is to permanently carry on the artistic influence and philanthropic legacy of both authors, and to benefit Coastal Georgians. The work of Eugenia Price and Joyce Blackburn includes 57 titles that have been published in 18 languages and printed in excess of 40 million copies worldwide.

Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association coordinates the Young Poets’ Award each year.

For further information on the Young Poets’ Award and arts-in-education programs sponsored by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities please call 912-262-6934 or visit www.goldenislesarts.org. For additional information on The Eugenia Price/Joyce K. Blackburn Charitable Fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, visit www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org