The winners and the new word!

My thanks to everyone who participated in December’s Word of the Month challenge. We had a record number of adults and students who wrote poems inspired by “bone” and shared their work for us all to enjoy. As of midnight last night CST the final count gave us our December Hall of Fame Poets and runners-up:

In the adult category our December Hall of Fame Poet is Linda Kulp from Frederick, Maryland. Congratulations, Linda! Second place goes to Marjie DeWilde from Springfield, Missouri and Steven Withrow from Cumberland, Rhode Island, placed third. Mimi Cross from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey garnered the second highest vote tally even though as our October Hall of Fame Poet she is ineligible to win again before October, 2010. Way to go, Mimi.

Our Young Hall of Fame Poet for December is Priya Shah from Monocacy Middle School in Frederick, Maryland, who ran away with the contest. Congratulations Priya! A number of young poets clustered around second and third place. Finally it was Josh from Boyd Elementary in Springfield, Missouri, Hope Murphy from Maumee Valley Country Day in Toledo, Ohio, and Karena Amy(also from Maumee Valley Country Day) tied for second place. Good going kids! We’re very proud of you and we know that your teachers, family, classmates, and friends are too.

And now for the new challenge word for January 2010. A little drum roll please. The word is “time.” What can you do with time? I am eager to read your efforts!