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Students Explore Writing Haiku Through the 2016 Tomodachi Haiku Contest

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pictured: Students from Indian Trace Elementary School (left)
and Dolphin Bay Elementary School (right) with their awards.

More than 400 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students wrote haiku entries for the 2016 Tomodachi Haiku Contest. The contest is held through the Broward Virtual School and taught in the distance learning program. The Japan Foundation sponsored this year’s contest and the Consulate of Japan selected the winners.  

Two students were selected for the Grand Prize:
  • Collin Presser from Indian Trace Elementary School
  • Shubham Ray from Dolphin Bay Elementary School
“I am proud of Collin Presser for being a grand prize winner in the 2016 Tomodachi Haiku Contest. He is an outstanding student in Madelen Sanchez’s second grade class at Indian Trace Elementary and strives to exceed expectations,” said Principal Amy Winder.

“Being a grand prize winner in the 2016 Tomodachi Haiku Contest shows that Shubham Ray enjoys learning and excels in Rose Snyder’s fifth grade class here at Dolphin Bay Elementary,” said Principal Sandra Nelson.

Additional winners include:

First grade:
  • First: Harris Bouchillon, Indian Trace Elementary School
  • Second: Delilah Munoz, Indian Trace Elementary School  
  • Third: Joshua Servatis, Dolphin Bay Elementary School
Second grade:
  • First: Leela Mohan, Indian Trace Elementary School
  • Second: Logan Reiss, Riverglades Elementary School
  • Third: Ava Vitale-Sclafani, Flamingo Elementary School  
Third grade:
  • First: Zaria Chery, Atlantic West Elementary School
  • Second: Tyler Stacy, Driftwood Elementary School
  • Third: Lexy Bennett, Bayview Elementary School 
Fourth grade:
  • First: Martin Florez, Manatee Bay Elementary School
  • Second: Hannah Valdivia, Manatee Bay Elementary School
  • Third: Iris Fan, Manatee Bay Elementary School 
Fifth grade:
  • First: Anjali Poola, Dolphin Bay Elementary School
  • Second: Sophia Murillo, Dolphin Bay Elementary School
  • Third: Anthony Ton, Dolphin Bay Elementary School  

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