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CHS Freshman Selected County's Teen Poet

CHS freshman Sarah G. is Suffolk County’s Teen Poet Laureate — only the second student ever to hold that title.

Three years ago, county legislators created the role for a student to spearhead opportunities to bring poetry by and for young residents into the community as a positive force.

While enrolled in the CHS English elective Writer's Workshop, Sarah completed her application material for the Suffolk County Teen Poet Laureate Contest. The entry packet included a letter of recommendation, a curriculum vitae documenting leadership and civic engagement, and a portfolio of three poems, each no longer than 60 lines.

As a finalist, Sarah attended an interview panel. And on May 1, she sat before the legislature to confirm her appointment.

On June 1, she will attend an event at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Center to celebrate the beginning of her term.

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