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Haiku Contest 2018

Every year the emperor of Japan selects a theme for haiku poets. This year’s theme is “No” which translates into "Field." Ibaraki, Minneapolis’ sister city in Japan, sponsors a haiku contest. Southwest High School was notified that they placed with eight winners in the citywide contest.

A presentation of awards will be held on Sunday, April 15th, 2018 from 2 p.m. in the Pohlad Hall Auditorium at the Minneapolis Central Library downtown. The rest of the recipients are listed below. Please congratulate these talented students when you see them! 


Category C: Grades 9 – 12

1st Place: Tenzin Sangpo – Mrs. French
                         We relax and think   Sitting in the mellow field   Doing nothing good
2nd Place: Natasha Levy –  Mr. Rees
                          Field, empty space, free   Nature is everywhere   Possibility
3rd Place: Kyra Kennie –  Mr. Rees & Ms. Smeltzer
                          Golden grasses grow   Before unforgiving storms   Wash them all away
Honorable Mention: 
                 Eliza Brindley – Mrs. French
                           Waves and waves of green   The world is endless our here   And we are so small
                 John Bonnes – Mrs. French
                           Far as can be seen   Endless rows of golden grain   Fills my field of view
                 Saida Mkomo – Mrs. French
                           Running through the field   Smelling fragrances I love   Enjoying life Wow
                 Alexander Wilbrecht – Mrs. French
                           Remnants of a field   Throughout a barren wasteland   This is our future
                 Morgan Stascavage – Mrs. French
                           Calm, kind, beautiful   Peace does not last in this world   But it all changes 
 
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Haiku Award Ceremony 2018
is a Haiku Contest sponsored by the Minneapolis-Ibaraki Sister City Association (MISCA) and the Minneapolis Public Schools. Entries are divided into four categories: K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and Adult.  Please use the form attached.   Entries are due by Friday, December 8, 2017.  For entry forms click here.  The entries will be judged by the Board of Directors of MISCA, and the top 30 entries in each category will be sent to Ibaraki, Japan for final judging. Final results will be available in March, with an award ceremony to be held in April.   This year’s theme is “Hito” which translates in English to "Person/Humank". Writing one haiku is your student’s homework.  Please encourage your students to write more than one haiku to participate in this contest.  If parents and gurdians are interested in entering a haiku, please write one and send it to me. I am happy to send your haiku to the committee.

 

 

Haiku Contest Winners 2017

Every year the emperor of Japan selects a theme for haiku poets. This year’s theme is “Hito” which translates into "Human." Ibaraki, Minneapolis’ sister city in Japan, sponsors a haiku contest. Southwest High School was notified that they placed with eight winners in the citywide contest.  


A presentation of awards will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 2 p.m. in the Doty Room at the Minneapolis Central Library downtown. The rest of the recipients are listed below. Please congratulate these talented students when you see them! 


Category C: Grades 9 – 12

1st Place: Emma Grabowsk– Southwest; Mr. Rees

Red, yellow, white, black  Invisible boundaries  Don’t separate us
 
2nd Place: aria Gonzales Vivara– Southwest; Ms. French
People like to talk  They want to share their feelings  They could make a friend

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Honorable Mention: Mazayah Vanzant– Southwest; Ms. French
Breathe in and breathe out  Feel the blood flow through my veins  And I am alive
 
Honorable Mention: Grover Warner– Southwest; Mr. Rees
Different, unique  Skin color and religion  But we are human

Honorable Mention: Isabella Gold– Southwest; Ms. French
Sitting in a chair  A person thinks in silence  Writing a haiku
 
Honorable Mention: Barrett Weems– Southwest; Ms. French
Busy so busy  Losing too much energy  So nothing gets done

Honorable Mention: Alex Saigeon– Southwest; Ms. French
He walks through the woods  He stops, looks around, and thinks  What will he do next
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Haiku Contest Winners 2016
 
Every year the emperor of Japan selects a theme for haiku poets. This year’s theme is “Hon” which translates into "Book." Ibaraki, Minneapolis’ sister city in Japan, sponsors a haiku contest. Southwest High School was notified that they placed with eight winners in the citywide contest.  

Laila Chaplin’s mother got the 1st place, our colleague, Terry Kern got the 2nd place, and Michel Thompson who is a volunteer for the J-Quiz study session, got an Honorable Mention for the adult category.

A presentation of awards will be held on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 from 2 p.m. in the Doty Room at the Minneapolis Central Library downtown. The rest of the recipients are listed below. Please congratulate
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Morgan S.
these talented students when you see them! 


Category C: Grades 9 – 12

1st Place: Naomi Klaila– Southwest; Ms. French
On the old bookshelf Nestled in crisp white pages Forgotten Language

2nd Place: Isabella Gold– Southwest; Ms. French
Hidden by covers A clandestine world awaits In paper and ink

3rd Place: Haley Downham– Southwest; Ms. Ebner
Soggy warped pages Watercolor coffee stains Whisper “I was here”

Honorable Mention: Cole Hummel – Southwest; Mr. Rees
I recline for hours Nose buried in my paperback Absent from the world

Honorable Mention: Nathaniel Murray– Southwest; Ms. French
Pages whispering Raindrops tap on the window Snuggled up with books

Honorable Mention: Isiah Anderson–
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Southwest; Ms. French
Whispers all night long Trees up against my window They tell me secrets

Honorable Mention: Salma Mohamed– Southwest; Ms. French
In the dark alone Small light shines through a blanket Imagination

Honorable Mention: Mohamed A Mohamed– Southwest; Ms. French
Imagery in line Words come to life on the page Live inside the mind


Category D: Adult

1st Place: Beth Chaplin - Southwest
When reading a book Time melts away like snowfall The first day of spring

2nd Place: Terry Kern - Southwest
Last page, bittersweet Farewell to new friends I had For too short a time

Honorable Mention: Michael Thompson- Southwest
Unsteady tower Tilting against table leg Unread hard covers
 


 
 

 

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