Robert Frost Youth Poet Program Winners Announced
UNH co-sponsors annual statewide contest

Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations

June 23, 2005

EDITORS: The winning poems from each county are included for publication.

DURHAM, N.H. -- Meg Ficarra, fourth-grade student in Tracie Carpenter’s class at the Conant School in Concord, has been named the 2005 Robert Frost Youth Poet for the state of New Hampshire. Ficarra’s poem was selected from 600 entries in the annual contest sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Homestead, Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire, and the state Division of Parks and Recreation.

Ficarra’s poem, titled “Stream”:

Flowing blue lakes
Turn from crystal snowflakes.
Rushing clear white streams
Shoot from blackened rocktop beams.
Along the watery edge
Water rushes off the pinetop ledge.
All the water comes to cling
To New Hampshire’s new Spring.
The contest was open to all New Hampshire fourth graders who submitted poems on the theme of  “Spring in New Hampshire.” In addition to the statewide winner, a youth poet is chosen for each of the state’s counties, and runners-up are also selected. The winners were honored at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry earlier this month.
Claudia Morner, UNH librarian, and David Watters, UNH professor of English and  trustees vice chair, announced that the poems submitted will be kept in a permanent archive at the university, which houses a distinguished collection of Robert Frost’s works. Ian Veitenheimer and other members of the faculty at Pinkerton Academy, where Robert Frost taught, served as contest judges.
The Robert Frost Youth Poet Program was established to foster the writing of poetry by New Hampshire children.  In his years at the Derry Farm, 1900-1910, Frost wrote some of his best-known poems, such as  “Mending Wall,” “The Pasture,” “Ghost House,” and “Hyla Brook.” He encouraged his own children, who were schooled at home, and his students at Pinkerton Academy to write poetry.  The contest keeps Frost’s legacy alive and recognizes the talents of New Hampshire school children.  
The Robert Frost Youth Poet Program is supported by funds from the Finisterre Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. For further information, call David Watters at (603) 862-3983 or
Following is a list of winners from each county:
Belknap County:
Carley Short, New Hampton Community School
 Honorable Mention: James McKinzie, Woodland Heights School
Carroll County:
No entries this year
Cheshire County:
Alexis Andrus, Chesterfield Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Leigh Chickering, Chesterfield Elementary School
Coos County:
Emily Wood, Lancaster School
Honorable Mention: Grace Ezyk, Lancaster School
Grafton County:
Helen Tosteson, Lyme Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Alex Brown, Bernice A. Roy Elementary School
Hillsborough County:
Emma MacDonald, Hollis Upper Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Shannon Kerrigan, Griffin Memorial School
Merrimack County:
Sarah Smith, Conant School
Honorable Mention: Julia Finch, Conant School
Rockingham County:
Laura Somogie, Barnard School
Honorable Mention: Tatiana McNeal, Hampstead Academy
Strafford County:
Ali Xenos, Rollinsford Grade School
Honorable Mention: Karyssa Leigh Bickford, Barrington Elementary School
Sullivan County:
Sarah Berman, Plainfield School
Honorable Mention: Daniel Huot, Towle School
Robert Frost Youth Poet winners
Belknap County Poet
Carley Short

Teacher: Mrs. Turk
New Hampton Community School
New Hampshire
The purple finch sails the
Air back to its nest full of
Newly hatched chicks.  The water
Fall roars as it crashes down.
Brook trout swim in streams
Over flowed with all the
April rain.  Red spotted newts
Swim in small bodies of
Water.   Buds sprout from
Trees, graceful karner blue butterflies
Flutter about lilac to lilac.
Mother bears climb from
Their dens with curious cubs
Behind them.  Young white tailed
Deer leap about.  Lady bugs crawl up
My window.  Soft breezes carry
Sweet aromas while swaying skinny
White birch trees.

Belknap County Honorable Mention
James McKinzie

Teacher: Ms. Douglas
Woodland Heights School
Spring In New Hampshire
          Spring is here!
The flowers,
Smell fresh,
                   The trees smell like green grass,
The fresh air is crisp like a chip,
There are butterflies fluttering,
          Like pollen,
                   Floating in the sky,
                   Flies are buzzing around,
                             Like planes in the sky,
                   The trees,
                             Are budding,
                                      Like fresh,
                                                Spring flowers.
The sun is brighter,
                   Like a brand new light bulb,
Are wiggling in the earth below us.
Slugs are squirming,
                   Making trails in the dirt.
          Don’t put salt on this poor creature,
                   Snails are crawling,
                   With shells of armor.
                   And the Spring,
                             Is the best,
                             There is.
Cheshire County Poet
Alexis Andrus

Teacher:  Ms. Laurel Powell
Chesterfield Elementary School
Old Man Granite
Birch are sitting near, trout jumping high,
Old Man Granite watching.
Zillions of zinnias laughing at jokes.
The wind whispers and flitty finches sing their song.
Old Man Granite quietly saying, “New Hampshire, New Hampshire.”
Old Man Granite tripped and fell,
And now sits there waiting, waiting for life again.
Cheshire County Honorable Mention
Leigh Chickering

Teacher:  Ms. Darlene Dunn
Chesterfield Elementary School
Peaceful Nature
Tulip swaying in the wind.  Strawberry, banana,
Tangerine tulip waking up tired but happy to
See magnificent day.
Bright beautiful sunset singing softly in the
Distance.  The tropical sunset dancing in the breeze.
Lime green mountains tall, handsome and
Mighty watching from far away.
Shadow green soft crowded sleeping grass
Shivering in the swirling air.

Coos County Poet
Emily Wood

Teacher: Ms. Isabelle Kleinschradt
Lancaster School
The Lovely Things That Happen In Spring
Every year Spring comes around,
Though many people can’t hear
          The wind’s sound.
The bugs come around and help
          The flowers bloom,
The flowers seem to be awakening
          From their tomb.
There are so many showers in
          April and May,
They would be nice on a hot
          Summer day.
When spring comes, the snow
Starts to melt away,
And soon birds will have eggs
          To lay.
Every year spring comes around,
Though many people can’t hear the
          Wind’s sound.

Coos County Honorable Mention
Grace Ezyk

Teacher:  Ms. Amy Hook
Lancaster School
A Little Taste of Spring
          The ground is no longer white
With snow,
          The cold harsh wind no longer
          For it is Spring in New Hampshire,
          How do we know?
          Because the velvet petals of
Wild flowers are in bloom,
          And letting out such fragrant fumes.
          The birds are singing so beautifully,
          Their voices make me never want to
          Spring here is so beautiful to see,
          I hope you like it as much as me.

Grafton County Poet
Helen Tosteson

Teacher: Ms. Ragonese
Lyme Elementary School
A graceful doe nudges its unsure newborn
To enter the blooming world.
The spotted newborn sees
The New Hampshire world
Coming to life through its soft brown eyes.
A laughing brook rolls along,
Inviting any passerby
The sunshine glows
With new life,
And wonder.
Peeper songs ring again and again,
Echoing .  . . .
Flower buds peep out shyly
From the grass.
The newborn now bounds
Into the fresh unique world
With no more nudges—
It’s Spring!

Grafton County Honorable Mention
Alex Brown

Teacher: Ms. Alice Eberhardt
Bernice A. Roy Elementary School
A Day on the Porch
The sun warms my back,
As the shade cools me.
At the same time
The taste of humid air
In my mouth
Is drying my throat.
The smell of pine wood
Fills my nose.
Cars race by,
On the road.
A splash fills my ears
And a beetle
Crawls lightly across a leaf.
The sounds of children
Come to my ears
They sound like birds
Chirping on a summer day.
It feels like Spring
Is here at last.

Hillsborough County Poet
Emma MacDonald

Teacher: Ms. Shailagh Curry
Hollis Upper Elementary School
Signs of Spring
I feel the wind blowing gently
Across my face and chilling my heels
And ankles.
I hear the wind whistling quietly,
Wind chimes singing their own soft,
Sweet melody, birds chirping sweet tunes
And the chipmunks scurrying and chatting
To each other.
I see early flowers blooming, the trees
Swaying in the gentle breeze, my swingset,
The last mounds of snow melting and the
Birds, chipmunks and squirrels feeding at
The bird feeders.
I smell the pine tree’s needles and the
Flower’s buds beautiful fragrance.
And right now I can almost taste that
Delicious, gooey, golden-brown, sticky
Sensation of home-made Maple Syrup.

Hillsborough County Honorable Mention
Shannon Kerrigan

Teacher: Mrs. Moesel
Griffin Memorial School
A Walk Through Nature
As I walk I see
Tall lush green trees
As strong as soldiers.
Small and large brooks
Run through the woods
And bathe the ground.
Vibrantly colored flowers
Fill the air
With sweet lavender.
Deer and sparrows
Dance around the trees
And pick off the crisp leaves.
I glance at the bumblebees
And ladybugs working hard
Landing on bushes and twigs.
Moss lays
Up and down the trees
Like a blanket.
The tranquility and grace
Is so peaceful
In the woods
The woods is the treasure of my backyard.

Merrimack County Poet
Sarah Smith

Teacher: Mrs. Paula Bonner
Conant School
Yellow daffodils stretch out their petals
As if to grab the sky
Violet lilacs sway gently
In the refresing breeze
White clouds poof like marshmallows
Drifting past the horizon
Crystal clear breezes
Swirl around me like a warm blanket
Karner Blues plan their dainty feet
On maple tree’s maroon leaves
Black flies land on tan skin
Sucking red juicy blood
Black bears lift their sleepy heads
Prowling around for a tasty meal
White-tailed fawns are born
Learning how to become deer.
Merrimack County Honorable Mention
Julia Finch

Teacher: Ms. Bonnie Noyes
Conant School
Spring is here now
And now to stay
Winter time
Has gone away
Monarchs flutter
Through the air
Waking up
Is a black bear
Red tailed hawks
Soar in the breeze
A cardinal has built
A nest in the trees
Red tulips
Have bud
There now is
A puddle of mud
Animals come out
Of hibernation
And birds come back
From migration
Through the wood a
White tailed deer leaps
Behind a tree
A coyote creeps
In a marsh
A turtle walks
Up in the sky
A bluejay squaks
Spring is lovely
Day and night
My favorite season
Is here all right

Rockingham County Poet
Laura Somogie

Teacher: Ms. Beverly Peeke
Barnard School
On to Nature’s Door
Can you feel the spring’s light breeze,
That sweeps away the winter’s freeze,
The sky’s so sweet, yet lays so still,
As raindrops tap my window sill.
Flowers bloom and grow and praise,
As the sun behind the cloud seems to raise.
Snowy white fields turn to green,
Bugs so mindless yet so keen.
Various animals awake from their sleep,
And another year gone by with memories to keep.
Spring is here, winter’s gone,
From dawn to dusk, and dusk to dawn.

Rockingham County Honorable Mention
Tatiana McNeal

Teacher: Ms. Sue Pitman
Hampstead Academy
There’s A Place Called New Hampshire
There’s a place called New Hampshire
Where the flowers like to bloom
Pink and yellow colors
The birds like to zoom
There’s a place called New Hampshire
Where the deer like to be
They come out every Spring
Oh what a sight to see
There’s a place called New Hampshire
Where the bunnies like to hop
They come out of their holes
And eat all the crops
There’s a place called New Hampshire
Where the stars like to shine
They shine so bright
The starry night is fine

Strafford County Poet
Ali Xenos

Teacher: Ms. Aimee Krauss
Rollinsford Grade School
Butterflys everywhere
Fluttering around
Rain drops everywhere
Plopping on the ground
Blades on the grass
Turning bright green
Goodbye windows
Hello screens
The sun gets brighter
Every day
And makes us more happy
Because we have longer to play
I’m so glad
Spring is here
I can’t wait
Because summer is near!!

Strafford County Honorable Mention
Karyssa Leigh Bickford

Teacher: Ms. Arabian
Barrington Elementary School
Beautiful New Hampshire
In the morn, I lay awake,
In the sun, for goodness sake.
As I lay soft in bed,
The sun is beating on my head.
I get up, the cool, slim breeze,
Keeps on blowing all over me.
So then I think, IT’S SPRING!  IT’S SPRING!
The flowers are blooming and everything.
I asked someone “Are you going to school today?”
Knowing that I’ll have an awesome day.
Like it’s better to see clear, than in a blur
It’s nice to wake up in Beautiful New Hampshire.

Sullivan County Poet
Sarah Berman

Teacher: Ms. Jonni Nichols
Plainfield School
Spring in New Hampshire
Spring in New Hampshire
Loud Spring Showers
Time to laugh and play all day
Spring in New Hampshire
Chicks are born
Flowers bloom
Spring in New Hampshire
Birds do the wake up call
Kids grown another inch tall
Spring in New Hampshire
Bubbling creeks
Shedding of winter clothes

Sullivan County Honorable Mention
Daniel Huot

Teacher: Mrs. Heineman
Towle School
The Best Time of Year
In the spring,
When the weather’s clear,
Baseball’s here.
Sliding home
In muddy dirt,
It can hurt.
Getting tagged out,
Just makes you want to pout.
Getting a home run,
In the bright yellow sun,
Just get on base,
That’s all I care
          Even if
It’s just by a hair.
In the spring
When the days are clear,
Baseball is the best
          I hear.