"Wonder builds within your heart. A book to read, You’re about to start. Remember to be careful, For it is a work of art..." wrote eighth-grader Matthew Norris.

He received honorable mention in the first Young Author’s Night held in the Greenbrier School District.

The North Central Arkansas Reading Council (NCARC) poem competition was held for the first time in all Greenbrier classes Kindergarten-12th grade.

Winners in each grade category were treated to a presentation of awards, and a reading of their poems followed with cake and punch. Dr. Angie Betancourt and Dana Autry spearheaded the endeavor and received close to 100 poems submitted for competition. Betancourt said, "This poetry contest motivated them to write and use their creativity. The AR Council is there for students to look to for help in reading and writing."

Winners who had their poems read and received framed copies were: Kindergarten-second grade: Madison Mode, first place; Sarena Dempsey and Adlee Acre, honorable mention. Third-fifth grade: Emilie Williams, first place; Sarah Kuykendall and Emily McKinney, honorable mention. Sixth-eighth grade: Sarah Brackett, first place; Matthew Norris and Kelcee Sullivan, honorable mention. Ninth-12th grade: Makayla Mitchell, first place.

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