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Eagle County kids’ poetry contest winners announced

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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Young poets across the Vail Valley put pen to paper and created some wonderful poems for the annual “My Holiday Wish For A Better World” poetry contest. The first place winner was Serena Kuzusko, 9, who attends Edwards Elementary School. Serena won a $100 savings bond and was invited to read her poem at the 28th Beaver Creek Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 28. After reading her poem to a crowd of 3,000 smiling fans, Serena threw the switch to light the official Beaver Creek Christmas tree and set off the fireworks.

“It is such a joy to read the various entries to this contest, there were so many great poems and such sweet wishes” said Brian Hall, Blue Creek Productions president and coordinator of the contest. “The creativity and insight of children warms my heart every time. It’s a magical moment to see Serena read her poem in front of 3,000 people gathered at Beaver Creek during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. … Serena was just beaming.”

“A Friend”



By Serena Kuzusko, age 9

A friend is golden,



they shine like a star.

They’ll try to help you,

Where ever you are.



A friend is brave,

noble and true.

They’ll always be there,

to look out for you.

A friend is kind,

They glow like the sun.

When they’re around,

it’s loads of fun.

But there’s one more thing,

You should know and should share.

No matter what

A friend will always care.

My wish to make the world

better is that everyone has

A friend to stand by them

and care about them.

“My Holiday Wish For a Better World”

By Alexandra Marie Temple, age 11

Dear Santa,

I have been very good this year.

When I poked my brother,

My apology was sincere.

I shared my ice-cream cone,

And sat next to the kid who was all alone.

I have a wish, but not for me,

I guarantee.

I wish everyone had a shooting star,

And an energy-reducing car.

I wish the homeless,

Would get their very own address.

I wish the hungry and thirsty,

Would find the bestest coconut tree.

I wish cancer and sickness was no more,

I wish all ideas would soar,

And for help on stopping the war.

I know it’s a lot to ask,

But Merry Christmas!

“I Wish The World Was Better”

By Juan Manuel Luevano Dias, age 7

I wish I could help kids in need

For they could have more food

and more clothes and shoes.

For they could feel better

If they could have shelter

Or stuff that you don’t use.

Blue Creek Productions wants to thank all of the 2008 Tree Lighting Poetry Contest participants for their wonderful poems: Alyssa Stewart, Leslie Serna, Elian Gonzales, Kalista Farmer, Kevin Carbajal, Majenta Amoreno, Eder Hernandez, Griscelda Manzo, Luke DesRossiers, Anna Skelton, Quaid Garton, Kristina Sady, Samantha Miromantes, Jack Steven Wickum, Phil Garduno, Daisy Robles, Vivana Cordero, Melissa Flores, Greyson Magana, Kate Medrano, Arturo Marcias, Aaron Ledezma, Bobby Howe, Kimberley Gonzalez, Nathaniel Badger, Daniela Ojeda, Larry Sandoval, Jordan Glendining, Franklin Walter Reilly, Ciany Villarreal, Karely Jasmin Ruiz Soto, Marirza Torres and Leslie Hernandez Martinez.


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