Sometimes poetry is its own reward. But sometimes, with enough revised drafts and the help of a very popular mouse, the reward is much more fun.
This weekend a young poetess at Kings Mountain Memorial Elementary School might be traveling to Disney World for the International Society of Poets spring convention and poetry contest semi-finals. Third-grader Paige Yocum and her father Brian Walls were invited to fly to the land of Mickey Mouse today, thanks to a contest the 9-year-old entered on her own.
"I saw an advertisement in the back of an Enquirer book. My granny reads those, and I sat down and wrote the poem. And I sent it in. Actually my mom (Tori Beth Walls) sent it in for me."
"She's an excellent student," said Principal Ronnie Deatherage. "She has a great vocabulary and a wonderful imagination."
As a semi-finalist poetess, Paige said the cost of the trip would be covered by the contest.