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Encouraging Students

8th Annual Poet Laureate Competition

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Nathon, Celeste, Devin

Nathon, Celeste, Devin

First place: Celeste Cervantes from RJ Reynolds

Second place: Devin Singleton from the Atkins

Third place: Nathon Göthe from RJ Reynolds

Read Kim Underwood’s article at WS/FCS


Fresh Voices Rising Chap Book

This project is produced in partnership with WS/FCS. It augments high school English Curriculum while providing a creative avenue for students. Each year the poetry is published in Fresh Voices Rising chapbook that is illustrated by high school artists.

Buy a 2015 chap book


“As a writer who grew up attending WS/FC schools, I know the importance of encouraging and praising young poets… That early encouragement gave me the confidence to pursue the writing that has become my career and a source of strength, hope, and healing in my life.”

– Rhett Iseman Trull, Editor, Cave Wall Press

Learn more about past winners.