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SMS Student Wins Poetry Contest

posted May 10, 2017, 1:07 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated May 10, 2017, 1:08 PM ]
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, the Pickens County Library System held their 7th Annual Poetry Contest for poets of all ages. Entries were judged in one of three categories based on the age of the poet. As it turns out, Seneca Middle School was well represented in the teen category (ages 12-18). Three students from the school, Gunnison Alexander, Rose Haynes and Jacari Teague, were finalists in this category. At the awards ceremony, held at the Hampton Memorial Library in Easley, Gunnison was named the winner of the teen category and was awarded a $50 cash prize.

Gunnison, Rose and Jacari were encouraged to participate in the contest by their English/Language Arts teacher Stephanie Necessary, who, according to Gunnison, was not the inspiration for the poem entitled “Dragon.”


My teacher is a dragon.
I have to face her every day.
Her evilness is overwhelming,
To those that come her way.

My teacher is a dragon.
The one that you despise,
Her hot, fiery breath,
And her big, blowing eyes.

My teacher is a dragon.
Violent as can be,
Bringing terror unto children,
Just like you and me.

My teacher is a dragon.
But, now I must agree,
She chases me with wisdom,
And learning sets me free!