• Center of Excellence

    The Fair Poet Center of Excellence was created in the fall of 2016. FHEVS English teachers have built into their classroom curriculum a year-round program for students in grades 6-12 to read, write and learn to love poetry. This program was created under the leadership of Fairport Harding English Teachers, Sandra Knight and Susan Tenon and sponsorship of Hank Werronen, Class of 1961. The first fall poetry contest attracted 180 poems on the theme of nature from students in grades 6-12 at Harding High School. An independent community panel selected a group of finalists for junior high and senior high. Students then voted for their favorite poems without any identification of the poets. The finalists read their poems at a school-wide assembly for their peers.

    Based on the tremendous response of the students and faculty, the teachers at Fairport Harding High School continued to encourage writing and reading of poetry in their classrooms and launched the 2017 Fair Poet Spring Contest on the theme of strength. This time we attracted 200 poems, with a set of very high-quality finalists presented in an assembly in May 2017. During the 2017-2018 school year, we held two more contests. In the Fall of 2017, the theme was technology. In the Spring of 2018, the English department held another contest at Harding. The theme was patience. You can read all of the poems in the PDF downloads below. We hope you enjoy the videos, many of which were created in partnership with Auburn Career Center Instructional Media and Technology students. 

    Previous Fair Poet Winners

    Fair Poet
    (Video Credit: Auburn Career Center Instructional Media Technology Program) 
     
    2016 FAIR POET WINNERS <-- Download all the Fall poems here.
      
    Grades 6-8 Fair Poet Finalists - Fall 2016
    • Aaron Gebeau  “I am a Bear” - 1st place
    • Taylor Sanborn  “Smooth Waves” - 2nd place
    • Jaidin Knipp  “I Will” - 3rd place
    • Kaylynn Clasing  “Grateful, Both Day and Night”
    • Maarika Haller  “A Walk Through a Nice Forest”
    • Hayley Jarvis  “When Seasons Change”
     
    Grades 9-12 Fair Poet Finalists - Fall 2016
    • Gabby Palmer  “The Flower Upon My Windowsill” - 1st place 
    • Alyssa Smith  “Differences” - 2nd place
    • Marcus Toreki  “Handover” - 3rd place
    • Evan Bish  “Humanity is Failing”
    • Olivia Hulett  “The Change of Seasons” 
    • Brenna Starkey  “Beautiful Monster” 
    Fair Poet Spring Contest
     
    2017 FAIR POET WINNERS <-- Download all the Spring poems here. 
     
    Grades 6-8 Fair Poet Finalists - Spring 2017
    • Morgan Braemer   “Just One Smile” - 1st place
    • Maya Hess  “If I were” - 2nd place
    • Jennifer Soria  “Strength”  - 3rd place
    • Zoe Ferris  “Real Strength” - Runner Up
    • Caleb Jones  “Strength is smarts”  - Runner Up

     

    Grades 9-12 Fair Poet Finalists - Spring 2017
    • Rashawn Alston  "Rising Above the Dark" - 1st place
    • Lydia Shaw  "Resilience" - 2nd place
    • Ashlynn Craft  "Be a Man" - 3rd place
    • Liz Olvera  "I See Strength Everyday" - Runner Up

    Watch our 2017 Fair Poet Spring Finalists read their winning poems! (And also the VFW Art winners were presented with their awards!) 

    (Video Credit: Nathan Urban, Fairport Harding High School Student)

    Listen below to learn more about how Fairport Mayor Manross declared Fair Poet Day - May 5, 2017

     

    (Video Credit: Nathan Urban, Fairport Harding High School Student)

    Congratulations to our 2017 Fall Fair Poet Winners

    2017 Fall Fair Poet Winners  <-- Download all the Fall poems here.

    Fair Poet Fall Contest

    Grades 6-8 Fair Poet Finalists (Left to Right) (Top Picture)

    • Morgan Braemer - Grade 8 “Lost”
    • Samantha Yowell - Grade 7 “The Beauty of Technology”
    • Samantha Collins - Grade 8 “Mask of Lies”
    • Owen Meacham - Grade 7 “Cassini”
    • Mia King - Grade 7 “Record and Watch”

    Grades 9-12 Fair Poet Finalists (Left to Right) (Bottom Picture)

    • Jesus Chavez - Grade 12 “Mi Poesia!”
    • Victoria Palmer - Grade 11 “Dystopia”
    • Angie Gutekunst - Grade 11 “Technology (Click, Click, Click)”
    • Breanna Cremeans - Grade 10 “Technology (It’s Popular)”
    • Rylie Erb - Grade 10 “Why me?”

    In the Fall of 2016, the students here at Fairport created something truly wonderful. From an idea that started in a classroom, to a spark of interest from an alum, culminating in the flames of creativity that were fanned by the promise of recognition and prizes, we created a society of poets here at Fairport Harding. Strength and nature were the topics that bred ingenuity within the minds of our young writers, creating heaps of rough drafts as they sought to better their craft. In the fall of 2017, students were challenged to create another winning poem by looking at something the modern world takes so for granted: technology. 

    The Fair Poet Contest may have only started with the aim of creating poetry, but in the fall of 2017, we celebrated having made the contest part of our identity at Fairport Harding. Seventh graders are learning the foundational elements of Shakespearean Sonnets. High schoolers are studying poetic movements whose names are longer than most tweets on Twitter. Students are learning the foundational elements of poetry in the classroom, and using those skills they are turning Fairport Harding into an educational facility where we may have the next Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, or the next Maya Angelou in our midst.

    Over 215 poems were submitted for the 2017 Fall Fair Poet Contest, Grades 6-12, at Fairport Harding High School. The Fair Poet Committee would like to thank the following for their support of this annual Fairport Harding High School Program: 

    • Fair Poet Contest Sponsor: Hank Werronen, Class of 1961
    • Fair Poet Contest Readers: Ms. Wessels, Mr. Colbert, and Mrs. Rumbarger
    • Fair Poet Contest Judges: Mr. Dustin Doversberger, Mrs. Brenna Ruff, Dr. Nicholas P. Tatonetti
    • Fair Poet Judge Coordinator: Cathy Norman
    • Board Office Secretaries: Cindi Clair and Natalie Rock
    • Program and Certificates: Mrs. Prosser & Ms. Murphey
    • Sound, Lights, Video: Mr. Rodney Kozar and Instructional Media Technology Students at Auburn Career Center
    • Teachers and Staff of Harding High School
    • Fairport Academic Boosters
    • Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools Professional Learning Community

    And now, the 2017 Fair Poet Fall Contest winners:

    High School - Grades 9-12

    • 1st Place - Rylie Erb
    • 2nd Place - Victoria Palmer
    • 3rd Place - Breanna Cremeans

    Middle School - Grades 6-8

    • 1st Place - Owen Meacham
    • 2nd Place - Samantha Collins
    • 3rd Place - Samantha Yowell

    First Place Winners

    Pictured above 1st place winners for High School and Middle School: Rylie Erb (left) and Owen Meacham (right)

    To read all of the poems and biographies by the 2017 Fall Fair Poet Finalists, please click here

    Watch the student perform their winning poems at the Dec. 15, 2017 Fair Poet Assembly! 

    (Video Credit: Auburn Career Center Instructional Media Technology Program)

     

    Fair Poet Spring Contest

    A Celebration of Distinguished Writers - May 5, 2018 

     Fair Poet Spring 2018

    Grades 6-8 Fair Poet Finalists - Top Picture: Ryan Chipps, Hank Werronen, Owen Meacham, Lex Patrick, Lewin Uhlir, Rachel Shaw

    Grades 9-12 Fair Poet Finalists - Bottom Picture: Jay Alston, Hank Werronen, Logan Barnum, Hailey Radar, Kayla Sharpe, Lydia Shaw

    2018 FAIR POET WINNERS <-- Download all the Spring poems here. 

    Spring 2018 Fair Poet HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS:

    • Third Place: High School - Lydia Shaw - $50
    • Second Place: High School - Hailey Radar - $100
    • First Place: High School - Gabby Palmer - $175

    Spring 2018 Fair Poet MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNERS:

    • Third Place: Middle School - Rachel Shaw - $25
    • Second Place: Middle School - Lex Patrick - $50
    • First Place: Middle School - Owen Meacham - $100

    Spring 2018 Fair Poet Runner Ups for High School: 

    • JAY ALSTON
    • LOGAN BARNUM
    • KAYLA SHARPE

    Spring 2018 Fair Poet Runner Ups for Middle School:

    • RYAN CHIPPS
    • LEWIN UHLIR

    Spring 2018 Fair Poet Honorable Mentions: 

    • Morgan Braemer - Middle School - Poetry and Art Excellence Award - $50 of Art Supplies
    • Zoe Ferris - High School - $50
    • Delaney Sherwood - Middle School - $50 
    • Adara Tharp - Middle School - $50

    Check Back Soon for the Video from May 5, 2018 Assembly! 

    (Video Credit: Breanna Cremeans, Auburn Career Center Instructional Media Technology Program)

     

    THANK YOU: 

    • Fair Poet Contest Sponsor: Hank Werronen, Class of 1961
    • Fair Poet Contest Readers: Mr. Colbert, Mr. Cardina, Mr. Luster
    • Fair Poet Contest Judges: Joe Fath, Meghan Carlson, Sarah Toivonen
    • Fair Poet Judge Coordinator: Cathy Norman
    • VFW Art Contest Sponsors: Janet Merrick, Steve Kalal, Dan Sherwood
    • Board Office Secretaries: Cindi Clair and Natalie Rock
    • Program and Certificates: Mrs. Prosser & Ms. Murphey
    • Sound, Lights, Video: Mr. Rodney Kozar, Instructional Media Technology Students at Auburn Career Center, Mr. Ruzin and Breanna Cremeans
    • Teachers and Staff of Harding High School
    • Fairport Academic Boosters

    As always, we appreciate the support of the Fairport Harbor Exempted Village Schools Professional Learning Community.