Grades 7-9: Maria Lyons of Conneaut Valley Middle School- Conneautville, PA
For her poem Tragedy
Every forty seconds
Something is committed
A tragic event happens
And we must wish good ridden.
Happier they shall be
Without the weight on their shoulders
They said goodbye forever
A suicide was committed.
The good times they shared
As tears roll down
Wondering what they could have done.
Nobody knows how sad she truly was
Till suicide took over
And what is left
Is empty air.
Grades 10-12: Christopher Lee Courson of Saegertown Jr. /Sr. High School- Saegertown, PA
Yells echoing just like normal
But students don’t know its terminal.
Walking in the halls talking with friends
While their peer makes a decision to end
His life for the pain he feels.
His body won’t ever let out a squeal
For he now stares face down into the bed
Where he will place his head.
How could a single shot
Harmfully take and knock
Away a well-loved son, brother, and chum.
His parents will never see him become
A fine adult who gets married,
Instead he has to be buried.
This tragedy has had an impact
Because all he needed was human contact.
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Congratulations Jon Herman!
PennLake NWP Fellow and Titusville Middle School teacher Jon Herman was awarded a $500 North Western Pennsylvania Middle School Association Grant. The purpose of the grant program is to support learning activities/projects beneficial to middle level students. The grant program supports activities/projects that are not funded by school district budgets. Congratulations Jon!
Congratulations PennLake Golden Apple Winners!
Mrs. Mary Cathryn Anderson--Northwestern School District
Mrs. Laura Barbarini--Corry Area School District
A Wise Investment for ARRA Stimulus Funds
"Cruising on the Shadow"
Six women on deck for NWP
All aboard the Shadow, and one of them is me.
The slap of the waves, a breeze's smooth caress
Being on the water is what I like the best.
The engine it purrs, it's lulling diesel sound
Stirs images inside that we catch and write down.
A circle of friends, new community forged
Come to the Summer Institute, you'll never be bored.
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