UNH Dimond Library
Robert Frost Youth Poets Named
UNH Co-Sponsors Annual Contest
By Tracy Manforte
UNH News Bureau
DURHAM, N.H. -- Samantha Hantman, a Hampstead Academy fourth grader, has been named the year 2000 Robert Frost Youth Poet for the state of New Hampshire.
Hantman's poem titled "Just Like Me" was her interpretation of this year's theme "New Hampshire Landscapes":
Full winter moon shining.
Snow glistening like a sunset.
Surrounded by birch trees,
Hear the rushing rivers,
Each bush, leaf, and tree,
Some like comedians laughing at the moon.
Inside I thought about what I had just seen,
When I next saw a tree,
Hantman was selected among approximately 1,000 entrants in the annual contest sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Dimond Library, Trustees of the Robert Frost Homestead, and the State Department of Parks and Recreation, with support from the Finisterre Fund. Youth poets in each county and runners-up have also been selected. All winners will be honored Saturday, June 24, during a noon ceremony at Robert Frost Farm in Derry.
Members of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire judge the entries, which are then preserved each year in a permanent archive in the UNH Dimond Library. Following is a list of winners from each county:
Belknap County: Abbie Morin, Laconia
Carroll County: Lindsay Donovan, Center Tuftonboro
Cheshire County: Delaney Uja, Keene
Coos County: Ryan Strauch, Lancaster
Grafton County: John Strasser, Franconia
Hillsborough County: Kaitlin Carlson, Litchfield
Merrimack County: Elizabeth Cassidy, Concord
Rockingham County: John Pennisi, Windham
Strafford County: John Crocker, Dover
Sullivan County: Rachel Torrey, Meriden
June 19, 2000