Vincent Alozie, "An Ode to Cornbread," Grade 7, Parkmont School.

Colin Andrews, "The Coast," Grade 10, the Lab School of Washington.

Zoey Ango, "The Village," Grade 6, Capitol Hill Day School.

Ben Buchbinder, "Piano," Grade 8, Parkmont School.

Tayonne Casey, "Something I Wrote," Grade 7, Hart Middle School.

Nicholas Clemente, "So Pretty," Grade 10, the Lab School of Washington.

Aliza Cohen, "Hands of the Sea, Face of the Sky," Grade 11, the Lab School of Washington.

Alexander Cooper, "Gratis," Grade 10, the Lab School of Washington.

Tillman Ellis, "Moondance," Grade 9, the Lab School of Washington.

Jack Feeley, "Blues Man," Grade 9, the Lab School of Washington.

Alyssa Flemming, "Loneliness," Grade 8, Hart Middle School.

Ricardo Jackson, "To Live," Grade 8, Hart Middle School.

Rikki Jackson, "Hazy Night," Grade 12, Georgetown Day High School.

Rachel Jerome, "Untitled," Grade 6, Georgetown Day School.

Danny Kelly, "Storm," Grade 10, the Lab School of Washington.

Nathaniel Kresh, "Light," Grade 6, Capitol Hill Day School.

Brittany Love, "The Anatomy of a Brittany," Grade 8, Hart Middle School.

Chelsea Mann, "Capitulation," Grade 11, Georgetown Day High School.

Raekala Middleton, "Ocean," Grade 7, Hart Middle School.

Casey Mlyniec, "Upon Hearing of my Grandmother's Death," Grade 7, Capitol Hill Day School.

Delonte Morrow, "A Sense of a Radiant Environment," Grade 7, Hart Middle School

Colly O'Brien, "Maleventum," Grade 10, the Lab School of Washington.

Steven Reed, "Transformations," Grade 6, Hart Middle School

Manuela Saenz, "A Thousand Clay Horses," Grade 9, the Lab School of Washington.

James Saunders, "Ode IV," Grade 8, Hart Middle School.

Aineki Traverso, "Oh, the Ecstacy," Grade 7, Capitol Hill Day School.