Six WOL Students in Top 10 of Regional Poetry Contest


Word of Life Lutheran School

6535 Eichelberger

St. Louis, MO 63109

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

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Word of Life Students Earn Top Three Spots in Poetry Contest

ST.LOUIS – Word of Life students earned first, second, and third place in The Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri (CEAM) sponsored regional middle school and high school poetry contest. Three additional Word of Life students were honored in the top ten.

The contest was open to all St. Louis region traditional, charter and private school students in 5th-12th grade, with separate contests held for middle school and high school level students. CEAM tasked the students to write a poem, rap or song about a teacher or program at their school which inspires them.

The final winners of the contest were chosen by two of St. Louis’s top poets, first St. Louis Poet Laureate Michael Castro and Jane Ellen Ibur who has been nominated to be the next St. Louis Poet Laureate.

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the winners were honored with a special National School Choice Week event at The Stage at KDHX.

Bella Bracken, 6th grade, earned first place and won a Chromebook with her poem titled “The Door to Music”. Jaylee Schulz, 7th grade, earned second place and won a tablet with her poem titled “Mrs. Moorman”. Emily Lietner, 7th grade, earned third place and a tablet with her poem “Mrs. Amazing”. Eighth grade students Noah Clark and Aria Thompson earned the runners-up award and eighth grader Gavin Schulz received an honorable mention.

“I am inspired by our poetry contest participants. As a former high school English teacher, I am extremely impressed with the flow and format of their poems. In addition, to recite their poetry in front of an entire assembly of people takes bravery and maturity. This is definitely a proud principal moment! Congrats to all who placed from Word of Life,” said Word of Life Principal Alicia Klug.

To view the top three students reciting their award winning poems visit:




Word of Life Lutheran School has been serving students in the St. Louis community since 1973. Located at the intersection of Jamieson and Eichelberger in St. Louis Hills, a community in south St. Louis, Missouri, Word of LIfe has with two preschool locations nearby. The school has National Lutheran School Accreditation and Missouri Non-Public Schools Accreditation and serves ages 3 – 8th grade.

Word of Life School is blessed each year with the opportunity to share the love of God and the life-saving message of Jesus while equipping students in every way for this ever-changing world.

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