The winners of Genesee Community College's Second Annual Student Poetry Contest were announced before Thanksgiving. Contest winners read their winning entries at a public reception in their honor on November 18 in the College's Alfred C. O'Connell Library. The O'Connell Library sponsors the annual contest which is open to all Genesee Community College students.
The award for First Place was presented to Linda Parmele of Holley for her poem titled "I Want Time". Ms. Parmele is currently studying towards an Early Childhood Teaching Certificate from Genesee. Second prize was awarded to Emily Cody for "A Song About My Life". Ms. Cody is a General Studies major from Churchville. Third prize was awarded to Joseph R. Mallison, a Theatre Arts major from Lyndonville, for his poem "It's About Time". The Award for Best Collected Works went to General Studies major Joseph Mulley-Zanghi of Irondequoit for "Midnight Worries" and "Fields or Shields."
"Once again, we had many excellent poems submitted by our students it was hard for the judges to select the winners," said Vicki Lukhaup, the Librarian who coordinated the poetry contest. "I would also like to thank the donors who helped to make the contest possible." Prize donors included the Alfred C. O'Connell Library, Genesee Country Village and Museum, Reference Librarian Nina Warren, Library Director Judy Sikora, Red Osier Landmark Restaurant, and Genesee's Office of Student Activities.