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FHS freshman places in top 10 in national poetry contest

A Farragut High School student was chosen as a top 10 winner in a national poetry contest, thanks in part to her mother and teachers.

“It’s awesome,” Ali Fity, a FHS freshman, said about being chosen for the top 10 for her poem “Smells.” She won a $50 savings bond and a complimentary copy of the anthology, “A Celebration of Young Poets,” in which her poem will appear.

Fity entered the competition after her creative writing teacher, Sue Hartman, posted an announcement in the classroom.

Fity has been writing poetry since she was in the fifth-grade. She was introduced to poetry through her mother.

“My mom always read me poetry in children’s books,” she said. Cindee Miller, Fity’s mom, confirmed.

“I read a lot of books to her when she was younger, [I read] a lot of poetry,” Miller said.

“I like to write… so she comes from a real reading and writing family. I’m a horrible poet myself, but I do admire what other people have done. To produce a daughter who writes poetry is so exciting to me,” she added.

“To be a published poet at fourteen is awesome,” Miller said.

Fity said she likes to write when she’s inspired.

“When I watch a really good movie or read a really good book, I get really inspired,” she said.

She hadn’t told many people that she writes poetry, but after being chosen for the top 10, Fity said she told one of her friends.

Her friend told her “it was really cool,” Fity said. “She wanted to know why I hadn’t told her before.”

Fity said she was “very happy,” when she found out she was in the top 10.

“My mom walked [to meet me] after school, and we were really happy about it.”

Miller said, “We hugged and jumped up and down. It’s a really big deal to us. We’re thrilled.”

Fity said she typically writes in free verse, which does not adhere to any set meter or rhyme. The Poetic Power competition accepts submissions from children in grades K-12 from across the nation, and determines the best 10 in each division, which are based on grade levels.

The competition is open to any kind of poetry, as long as poems are no more than 21 lines and are original. Poems are selected for their literary merit, creativity and social significance.

Creative Communications sponsors this contest and awards more than $13,000 each year in Language Arts Grants to schools to further encourage students’ writings.


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