Poetry Festival will be held:

Saturday, April 27, 2024

2022 Winner


Up, up, up, and up

Starting at the bottom and I’m sleepy and tired

I look to my left, and then to my right

We were prepared, but most of us weren’t ready


The sun and heat were powering over me, but I couldn’t give up

My dad made sure to hold tight onto the flowers we were bringing up

This single piece of metal fought through everything in our way

Chop, chop, chop


The machete was our best friend


We’re halfway there

Up, up, up, and up

Leaves and branches were flying left and right

Soon we were all at the top

My dad popped open the bottles

I made sure that grandpa’s grave was washed and clean

We were with grandpa again


Ivan Marroquin

Gonzaga College High School

Grade: 12


Riverdale, MD

Favorite Author or Book:

Langston Hughes

Dream for the Future:

My dream is to own multiple businesses of all sorts.

Inspirational Figure:

My Mom