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32 June 2 - 15, 2012 Hey Kids! Remember that the Kids


Opportunity section will eventually print all good entries. That means that if your entry didn’t make it into this issue, it may be slated for a future one. Keep checking back, as we sometimes experience a backlog of submissions.


Youth SanTan Sun kids K.O.


have talent! In the first issue of every month, the SanTan Sun News prints the best entries from kids in grades kindergarten


through 12th grade in a variety of categories. Congratulations to this month’s winners! Note: If a great entry doesn’t make it into this issue because of space considerations, we will hold it over to run in a future issue. Submissions are minimally edited to preserve the writer’s voice. If your submission appears in this section, compare it to your original to help improve your writing skills.


Note from the editor: June’s Kids Opportunity winners are also winners of the 2012 Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities Young Authors & Artists Showcase. The 2012 theme was “Youth as the Catalyst for Change.” Students were challenged to convey through essay, poetry or art how communication, technology and individual initiative can lead to dramatic social change.


I Am The Voice Of The Youth BY SAIDHBHE CULLEN, TULLAMORE, IRELAND


First Place International Poetry


I am the voice of the youth, That changed the world today, Developing technology in ways That electrifies you and me.


And I being a dreamer develop constantly, Producing, analyzing and criticizing Social communication gradually.


I am exposed to the world, Creating global change from, Yesterday’s personal letters To today’s digital world.


Knockout Poem!


In the past sheltered by four walls I was relatively protected, Contemplating trips to find a postal service, That was the only form of communication.


Now presently communications are erratic, Creating a technical revolution And the source is here, The brilliance of the youth’s initiative.


Empowered BY RACHEL BEGLIN,


HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL First Place Poetry


Knockout Poem!


Flowers in full bloom sneeze; explosions of ideas, innovations, and seeds drift into an updraft and are carried some ten feet, twenty feet, thirty feet... What if they were teleported? What if the seeds thumped into a far-off land and were planted? Days pass while the roots dig into the soil, adjust


while friendships are made and ideas roll across tight-knit ropes that tie it all together. And then it grows. Ideas, turning and churning, become plans. Organizations brew from friendships. Petals with common colors, people with common interests, Grow out of one stem, united. The blossom is a firework of love, a pageant of combined forces, twisting in the breeze of influence. Wrought-iron leaves make it balance, evolve, soak up new rays, before it, too, sneezes and spreads its neo-seeds like wildfire. Nobody knows the power the fireball has as it tumbles into the minds of the youth, lights up their minds’ sky as it pin-balls amongst the stars, igniting the power of change, the power of sheer numbers, the power of viral videos, the power of unification. Though they may come from different places and speak with different accents; everyone smiles in the same language.


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FIRST PLACE ART: “Waterfall of Change” by Genevieve Leach, a freshman at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School, depicts “an explosion of color representing different forces reflecting the waterfall effect when you participate in change.” According to Leach, “Everything starts with one force and then multiplies to affect so many more people.” Submitted photo


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