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5th grader pens winning poem

Awards coordinator Melinda Gohn (right) presents a commemorative portrait of John Lennon to Roots School 5th grader Isla Harris for her winning peace poem, “Better Together.” — International Peace Poem Project photo

Fifth grader Isla Harris recently received the Maui County grand prize in the 21st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Poetry Awards.

Harris attends Roots School in Haiku. Her poem, “Better Together,” was selected from a field of 525 entries.

The annual competition is sponsored by the Maui-based International Peace Poem Project and is held in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We are delighted to receive work of this caliber from this young Maui poet,” said awards coordinator Melinda Gohn.

Harris received a commemorative painting of John Lennon donated by Lahaina artist Davo, along with a grand prize certificate from Gov. David Ige.

Eleven Maui County students participated as Golden Circle winners and also received certificates from the governor.

The International Peace Poem Project is now accepting poetry entries from students for the 2021 peace poem contest until the end of Black History Month in February. To enter, contact Gohn at poem@ maui.net. For more information about the project, visit peacepoem.org.

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