CelebratingArt is one arm of the contests that our company sponsors. We also host writing contests. The power of using a contest to create a spark in the classroom is universal. Today we share a story from Jennifer Selder, Miss Arizona and 3rd runner-up to Miss America. She relates the power of our contests to influence a life.
“Fifth grade was no doubt my favorite year in elementary school. My teacher gave us an hour every single day to work on our very own writing projects. During this time, I was able to grow tremendously in my foundation as a writer, and I attribute my love of poetry to that very class. I sent many hours learning the basics: the terms, the forms, the styles. Because of this, I was able to branch out later in life in use those skills to take my writing to a new level. You see, once you learn the basis of how to write creatively, it is so much easier to write in all other forms because you can allow them to take your own voice into account. I had a poem published by Creative Communication that year in 5th grade, and I will never forget how special and inspired it made me feel. I have since gone on to win numerous essay contests, many which earned me scholarship money for college, and I may have never believed in myself if it wasn’t for Creative Communication. And as Miss Arizona, I write pages and pages of creatively written updates for all of my followers. Now of course I still take time on my own to read, study, and write poetry. When you choose to be an active learner and writer, I think you will find, just as I did, that truly anything is possible.
Jennifer Sedler, Miss Arizona 2011, 3rd runner up to Miss America 2012″
The poem Jennifer entered in our contest, “Hawaiian Seas,” can be viewed below.
Warm, turquoise, sea,
Rainbow fish, angelfish, carp, needlefish, even turtles
Glittery, colorful, green, blue, pink, yellow, orange
A raging storm, ripping and clattering like a boiling pot of
Bubbling and churning water on a stove
Still, motionless, a serene feeling everywhere, the world has stopped,
To gaze at this splendid view of the harmonious
Rapidly pulling grains of course, powdery sand to
Its home beneath those waters that the sea urchins call home
Gently buried deep within the glassy, cerulean
Thank you Jennifer for sharing your story with us. Just as we helped shape your life with our contest, we know of the many lives you now touch as Miss AZ. Rock on.