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Poetry Contest Winners Named

Subject: Poetry Contest Winners proclaimed in a countywide event entitled, “Dreams” For more information call: Danielle Brogley, Director of Programs, at 419-353-5661 or email dbrogley@wccoa.net Bowling Green, OH (April 20, 2019) –The Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. held its fourteenth annual poetry banquet and drew in nineteen entries from all over Wood County. The theme this year was “Dreams.” The poems share stories of life, hope, dreams and love. We were looking for poetry that, in some way, celebrates the heart and souls of members of Wood County as they continue to celebrate their lives.
The declared winner was Vernagaye Sullivan of Wayne, Ohio, author of “End of a Dream.”

End of a Dream

A Caribou on a Wall,
So sad to see
Magnificence silenced,
Mere reminder of life,
Of pulsing energy, halted
Of continuance ended
On the path to extinction

The winner selected will receive a $50 gift card provided by Kathryn Williams, Independent Insurance Agent, Specializing in Medicare Products, Licensed in OH, IN, MI, NC, TX


When asked about judging the Poetry Contest, Bowling Green State University General Studies Writing Instructor Chad Michael Van Buskirk commented, “This was an especially rewarding collection of poems. Judging the poetry contest was a wonderful opportunity to engage with the fascinating and meaningful experiences and insights of our community’s older adults.´ Another special thank you goes to Jessica Zinz-Cheresnicks from BGSU for judging this collection of poems.


The Wood County Committee on Aging would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the entries for their contributions to the contest. The contest committee would like to extend a special thank you to Bowling Green State University for assisting with the judging of the entries. To read the winning poems visit our blog at http://woodcountycommitteeonaging.blogspot.com

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