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Haiku contest
Haiku Winners
Every year the emperor of Japan selects a theme for haiku poets. This year’s theme is “Go” which translates into "Word or words." 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 was held on Sunday, April 28th, 2019 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:   Josephine Spanier
         Words like the snowflakes   Endlessly falling out of   The mouth and the sky
2nd Place:   Oliver Lee 
         Writing is a joy   As words dance across the page   Poetry is made
3rd Place:   Nathan Wilson 
         Words let me be free   Free like a bird in a tree   Writing lets me fly
Honorable Mention: 
      Grace Lindquist 
         Written emotion   Through ink on eggshell sheets like   Shadows on fresh snow
      Matthew Feriancek
          I struggle to find   The words inside of my mind   To speak my own truth
      Eli Wikre 
          Words are powerful   They can create or destroy   Good and evil both
      Elizabeth Bieger
          Black and white pages   They come to life in my mind   Thoughts swirling like snow


Haiku Contest 2019

There 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 Monday, December 10, 2018.  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 “Go” which translates in English to "Word pr Words". 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.