Imagine, if you will, a world made for families, kinder, and more loving. This type of world is exactly what Mia, now a seventh grader, fantasized about and spun into golden words. Those golden threads of words were woven into an award-winning poem, “I Wonder”, about the world –our world –and the way we’ve populated it with violence and hate.
When asked about how she feels about having won, she answered “I feel so awesome and grateful that I won, and it’s hard to believe that I did win.” This amazement is attributed to the fact that 7th and 8th graders were in the contest as well, and, as a 6th grader, she took the 1st place award. The San Antonio Poetry Fair, which took place late May at UTSA, was run by an intimidating panel of judges, and they chose hers out of a large selection.
According to Mia, her inspiration was that she wants to change the world “and make it a better place” because she doesn’t like the way it’s heading, and she believes that it should be kinder, more loving, and a family place. She thinks that the judges chose her because the majority of us agree with her views, and everyone wants the world to be different, so it probably won for its powerful, influential values.
Ms. Muzny, her 6th grade English teacher, is extremely proud of Mia, and believes that she helped inspire Mia to want to try something that she’s not entirely comfortable with. This school year, Mia is in Mrs. Summey’s 7th grade English class, and hopefully she’ll create more wonderful masterpieces this year.
Written by Lauren Quinn