The second class of National Student Poets was appointed at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, DC on September 22, 2013. The Poets will serve as literary ambassadors through the National Student Poets Program (NSPP), the nation’s highest honor for young poets presenting original work.
Sojourner Ahebee, age 17, of Interlochen, MI
Michaela Coplen, age 17, of Carlisle, PA
Nathan Cummings, age 18, of Mercer Island, WA
Aline Dolinh, age 15, of Vienna, VA
Louis Lafair, age 18, of Austin, TX
To start off their year of ambassadorship and service, First Lady Michelle Obama, Honorary Chairman of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, pinned the National Student Poets and met with their families at the White House. “What these young people learn through reading and writing poetry doesn’t just spark their imagination, it also broadens their horizons, both today and for the rest of their lives,” said Mrs. Obama. “Our National Student Poets are seeing, hearing, experiencing and shaping a vision of the world around them, and they are motivating others to do the same. With this award, we celebrate their passion, dedication and creativity.”
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Congratulations to our National Student Poets!