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RELEASED – Local Buckeye High School seniors, from left, Mackenzi Rennels, Haley Langsdorf and McKenna Wilhelm will have their original works included in the “Resilience 2022 Poetry Collection,” a national anthology of student poetry. — Contributed

CONNORVILLE — Three seniors from the local high school in Buckeye will have their creativity printed in a national anthology of student poetry to be released this fall.

Original works by Haley Langsdorf, Mackenzi Rennels and McKenna Wilhelm will be part of “Resilience: Poetry Collection 2022” published by the America Library of Poetry. Their creations were entered last year in a student poetry competition that was judged by people with backgrounds in English, literature, journalism and child-rearing. According to the organization’s website, less than 20% of all submissions are included in the book.

Langsdorf writes “Dreams” as Rennels entered “Yet she lives” and Wilhelm wrote “Banished” as juniors in teacher Stephanie Crust’s English class. The themes of their poems range from social invisibility to a world without war, and the young authors were pleased with their achievement.

“Our teacher took us to contests and we did several contests a week,” Wilhelm said, adding that they were notified in July of their selection. “I thought that was cool.”

“They sent a certificate by post”, Rennels added, noting his enthusiasm.

“It was exciting,” said Langsdorf. “I found out last year that I was good at it. I love art, so I’m very creative and that helps.

Poets can also purchase a copy of the book to keep as a memento of their accomplishments; however, this is not the first time the trio has been included in a print collection. All three were also part of ” Authorized “, another contest organized by Young Writers USA for middle and high school students in March. This publication included Langsdorf’s poem, “Freedom of expression,” William’s work “Helping,” and Rennels’ poem, “Dear racists, anti-feminists and homophobes.” Wilhelm also wrote “Hope” for a publication of pandemic poetry in January.

When they’re not putting pen to paper or typing on a computer screen, students are getting involved in school organizations. All in the Band with Langsdorf, the daughter of Jennifer Stenger and William Langsdorf of Rayland, being a member of the jazz band and the National Honor Society; Rennels, daughter of Susan Dosen and Steven Rennels of Harrisville, jazz band participant; and Wilhelm, the daughter of Amy and Bruce Wilhelm of Tiltonsville, being a member of the NHS and the cheerleading squad.

Meanwhile, Crust was thrilled to see her students recognized for their talent.

“I’m so proud of them. They’re three really talented writers and they created some great poetry in their senior year of high school, and I can’t wait to see them published. she says.

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