The 2010 Summertime Poetry Contest results are in at Alpha Omega Publications®! During the month of July, homeschool students were challenged to compose poems reflecting a summer theme using a variety of forms, including haiku, ballad, sonnet, free verse, sestina, or "finish this thought."

The AOP judges considered age, composition, and the difficulty of the poetry form chosen when reviewing the online submissions and are proud to announce the following winners, as well as their prizes and inspiring poems:

First Prize: Monarch™, Switched-On Schoolhouse®, or LIFEPAC® Language Arts course

Elizabeth Warden
Rome, GA
2nd Grade
Entry Category: Free Verse

The Salty Sea
I love the sweet salty air.
I love the sound of the crashing waves.
The waves love to play with us.
I give them A++ for splattering us.
Good night ocean.
Sing me a lullaby.

Upon winning first place, Elizabeth's mother, Cristin, said, "Thank you again for selecting Elizabeth as your winner. She is beyond excited and is sharing the news with everyone. We really appreciate this opportunity!"

Second Prize: Choice of Typing Instructor Platinum or Horizons Penmanship

Kaytlun Dardar
Deridder, LA
6th Grade
Entry Category: Haiku

Cool Summer
I escape the noise
By diving into the pool
On summer's hot day.

Third Prize: Three classic books, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Miracle Worker, and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Rachel McReynolds
Newark, DE
9th Grade
Entry Category: Free Verse

Summer Bliss

Summertime to me is 20 things

The beat of a red-winged blackbird's wings

The feel of bare feet on the street

The slap of a jump rope on the concrete

The sound of the lawn mower and weed whacker

The bliss of being a total slacker

Fireworks and sparklers at night

The feeling of smallness when flying a kite

The waves that wash upon the beach

Sticky fingers when eating a peach

Green grass between your toes

Watching as the garden grows

Swimming all day at the pool

Watching TV in air-conditioned cool

Campfires that flicker and flare

Carnival rides that spin you up in the air

Dancing to music with friends

The sad feeling when it all ends

Trampoline jumping

Back thumping

Going on trips and thinking of all the friends I'll miss

This is summer bliss

AOP would like to say a big "thank you" to everyone who entered this year's Summertime Poetry Contest, as well as a special congratulations to all the winners. Be on the lookout for more giveaways and competitions coming soon!