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The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts and Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 Robert Campbell Monterey County High School Poetry Awards. The program was established to recognize and promote excellence in high school poets and develop an interest in creative expression through the written word.

Over the past twenty-seven years, the awards have inspired hundreds of students to discover classic and contemporary poetry. The awards program provides students an opportunity to master public speaking skills and build self-confidence as they learn the craft of poetry.

An online reading and awards ceremony honoring the student poets was held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021. During the ceremony, student poets were invited to read their award-winning poems to fellow students, teachers, family and friends.

The Robert Campbell Monterey County High School Poetry Awards are held each year in conjunction with Thinking Out Loud, the Carl Cherry Center’s annual high school art exhibition.

Thinking Out Loud is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County, and funds from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, Carmel-by-the-Sea Rotary, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, and the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Store.

Pictured: “Daydream” – Viktor Klinger

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