The McKinney Public Library invited all sixth- through 12th-grade public, private and home-schooled students to participate in the library’s annual Teen Poetry Contest in April.

Entrants could write about any subject in any style and were limited only in length, format and the bounds of their creativity.

A panel of three judges representing Collin College and the Mockingbird Poetry Society selected the winners from among approximately 75 entries.

Awards were presented May 15 at a special reception held at the McKinney Public Library. Congratulations to the top award-winners from McKinney ISD:

High School

  • 1st Place, Aalaya Cooper, McKinney North HS
  • 2nd Place, Stephen Jasso, McKinney North HS
  • 3rd Place, Natasha Eckelberry, McKinney North HS
  • Honorable Mention, Nick Hesita, McKinney North HS
  • Honorable Mention, Ethan Mertz, McKinney North HS

 Middle School

  • 1st Place, Sophia Grace, Faubion Middle School
  • 3rd Place, Taylor Crain, Faubion Middle School
  • Honorable Mention, Jennifer Graves, Cockrill Middle School