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Miami-Dade Public Library System announces winners of the 6th Annual Teen Poetry Contest

(Miami, FL – May 31, 2016) The Miami‑Dade Public Library System is proud to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. The contest was held to celebrate National Poetry Month in April. Participants in two prize categories, 12‑14 years of age and 15‑19 years of age, were asked to submit a poem about transformations or what it means to transform. The winning poems were selected from more than 200 entries.

The winning poem in the 12‑14 age group category entitled “Dear Musicians” was written by Madison Barker, a student at Miami Arts Charter School. The runner‑up entry, “Life Garden,” was written by Paulina Jalil of Conchita Espinosa Academy.

Gulliver Preparatory School student Alaz Sengul was the winner in the 15‑19 age group category with the poem “Conversations with an Abuelo.” The runner‑up entry, “Mosaic in Me,” was written by Melanie McKenna, a student at the University of Miami.

The winners in each category received a $100 gift card. The runners‑up each received a $50 gift card.

The contest was made possible with the generous support of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

Copies of these talented students’ poems are available upon request.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The Miami‑Dade Public Library System, a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and several National Association of Counties Achievement Awards, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share and create. MDPLS strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, programs, and art and culture so they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, Technobus, special services, website ( and MDPLS iLibrary app, the Library proudly serves more than seven million annual visitors. Serving the community for more than 40 years, MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.


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