Ranchview Students Have Poems Published in National Publication

Poetry is often a form of expression to evoke meaning. Many believe this form of expression predates literacy. Several young people get their start reading by hearing poetry in the form of fables and tales. 

It is no surprise that students enjoy the poetry unit in school. Ranchview High School students in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch School District have taken their own poetry to the next level getting their verses published in a national magazine.

Students entered a contest entitled Through Their Eyes by Young Writers USA. The contest prompted high school students to write a poem from someone’s point of view. Students were able to interpret the theme and idea as they wish. Out of over 5,000 entries into the contest, six current and former students from Ranchview High school were chosen to publish their poems in an upcoming publication for the organization.

Congratulations to the following current students and their poem.

  • Shruthi Dandamudi “Alone”
  • Laila Malik-Bey “Listening”
  • Janessa Balderas “Survivor”

Congratulations to students from the class of 2020 and their poem.

  • Megan Shapiro “Nosebleed”
  • Jordan Lee “Roaches”
  • Hana Musa “Parched”

Kat Cockrill, Editor of Young Writers USA states, “I am happy to let you know that a number of poems written by students from your school have been chosen for publication in Through Their Eyes-Keep Your Word….We received in excess of 5,000 entries!...I’ve personally read all the work from the schools that have been invited to be included in Through Their Eyes-Keep Your Word and chosen the poems I’d love to publish.”

Ranchview is currently a finalist in the Through Their Eyes contest to receive the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence. Finalists will be announced in March of 2021. 

Congratulations to these bright Ranchview students, and good luck in the final round of the contest. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to pursuing your passions.

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