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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIRST PLACE Three Poems

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Moon

The moon shines bright

In the dark of the night.

But when it fades away in the morning

The sky seems pretty boring.

Art

Art is amazing don’t you think?

You can make beautiful pictures

Out of simple things like paint or ink.

And frame it on a wall or refrigerator.

The Sky

In the daytime the sun is up in the sky

In the night it’s as if the sun exploded into a million pieces.

Henry Rodriguez...

Respectfully Yours: In time of coronavirus, courtesy may save lives

Monday, April 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Going grocery shopping has taken on a whole new significance as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. Can you recommend basic courtesies for navigating the grocery store to find what we need and remain safe?

Dear Reader,

Each time we head to the grocery store, we all wonder if it’s safe to do so and if we do, will we find what we need?

This thought is on the minds of fellow shoppers, apparent from the looks on shopper’s faces as they view...

HIGH SCHOOL SECOND PLACE Lunchroom

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

There’s the group that sits at the long table,

the one that stretches from wall to wall.

Where all the kids my age

(every single one) sit

and talk.

Earlier in the day, I saw them in classes

or passed them in halls

Maybe I looked at them,

and wondered if they noticed me, maybe

something clicked that day, maybe

they waved at me and smiled.

All I know is that now

I sit

alone.

Dionisio Fowler

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The Family Project: Daughter’s plan for gap year acceptable

Monday, April 27, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My daughter, a high school senior, is getting cold feet. She has had her goals all set, been accepted at a good school, but now wants to take a gap year before going to college. I’m not sure how to coach her through it or how hard to push.

“Until the parent has a conversation with the daughter about what she is thinking, and what her concerns are, it is going to be very difficult to ‘coach her through it,’” panelist Chad Stefanyak said, adding, “This is a perfect time for the...

HIGH SCHOOL THIRD PLACE Land of the Feared, Home of the Grave

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I enter a public place and map all the exits out

There is constantly the thought that I might need an escape route

I heard a firework the other day and was sure it was a bomb

I can’t communicate the fear that I felt through a poem or a song

This is the way that we have all gotten used to living

So my apologies, if your jokes regarding violence don’t leave me feeling very forgiving

Our world, it has made me grow weary

What’s the point in...

Coronavirus impact extends into June: Miller Symphony Hall concerts, NCC Summer Theatre canceled; Southside Film Festival postponed

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to devastate the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment community, including cancellation of concerts through June at Miller Symphony Hall, cancellation of concerts through May at Godfrey Daniels, suspending of Northampton Community College Summer Theatre and postponement of the 17th annual SouthSide Film Festival.

The impact of the coronavirus already has forced cancellation of the 113th Bach Festival, 40th Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre,...

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIRD PLACE (TIE) Little Angel

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Little angel, little angel,

You will become my perfect angel, you will be pretty, cute,

chunky, perfect, and I will love you with all my heart and

you will be the most spoiled sister I ever had and I will

spend time with you, take you to the park, feed you, sleep

with you, bathe you, take care of you when you are sick,

love you, dress you, have a day off of school so I can be

with you all day, and help you, so love you, love you, love

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