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Dual Enrollment Student Wins Poetry Contest

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

WINTERVILLE—Keith Dunbar, a D.H. Conley senior concurrently enrolled at Pitt Community College in the spring, was recently announced as the winner of the 2nd Annual PCC Student Poetry Contest.

More than 40 entries were submitted as part of the competition, which was held in conjunction with National Poetry Month. Students participating in the contest wrote original poems in which they described what spring meant to them in 20 lines or less.

Dunbar’s “Spring” was selected as the top entry, based on originality, creativity, artistic quality and connectivity to the contest’s theme. The 18-year-old Greenville native, who graduated from high school on Friday and will major in exercise physiology at East Carolina University, received $100 for his first-place finish.

Heike Armatta, a nursing student, finished second with “Spring Magic” and received $75. Third place and a $50-prize went to Charlene Woolard, a university transfer student, for her poem, “As It Entered My Window.”

Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every spring, giving schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States a chance to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

PCC’s poetry contest was open to all currently-enrolled students, regardless of experience.