09 Mar National Poetry Awards
Dundalk Grammar School second year student, Jonathon Johnston, has won a national poetry awards for schools.
Jonathon was placed first in the junior category of the PDST (Professional Development for Teachers) National Write a Poem Competition.
Jonathon received his award from Ms Ciara O’Donnell, National Director of the PDST at a ceremony in the education centre, Portlaoise on 30th September 2015.
Jonathon’s poem was selected from over seven hundred entries submitted by schools right across the country.
It’s an outstanding achievement for a student who was just in first year when he composed his entry, and who was in a category which included many entries from second and third year poets nationally.
Jonathon was asked to read to the assembled crowd, and received high praise for reciting his entry eloquently and from memory.
Jonathon’s entry was singled for the “purity and universality” of its sentiment, for its clarity of voice and for the “subtle internal patterns” which he employed.
Jonathon’s entry was first published in “Discovery”, our own school anthology of first year poetry, last year. Discovery was the concept of Jonathon’s English teacher, Mr J Farrar.
We’re all delighted for Jonathon in his achievement and hope he continues with his creative endeavours and inspires others in theirs too.