“Inspired by Art” Winners Announced

Monday, March 29, 2021
The Internal Struggle of Democracy and Freedom by Clara Getty ’21

Congratulations to the winners of the winter term Inspired by Art contest, including Alexa Marsh ’21 of Mercersburg, PA, who took first place for her poem “Lady Liberty”; Tommy Quick ’22 of Denton, MD, who took second place for his song “We Seem Not to Recognize”; and Maddie Dawson ’21 of Hagerstown, by MD, who took third place for her prose piece “My American Nightmare.”

Entrants submitted work in response to “The Internal Struggle of Democracy and Freedom,” a painting by Clara Getty ’21, who is a member of this year’s senior class from Allentown, PA.

“Clara’s painting was a compelling prompt and inspired diverse responses from the Mercersburg community,” said Michele Poacelli, a member of the school’s English faculty who also serves as the Writing Center director. “Students wrote poetry, stories, and music and made incredible art pieces.”

The contest—as well as other “Inspired by…” competitions held throughout the year—is sponsored by Mercersburg’s Writing Center.

“Since the contest ran during the virtual part of the winter term, students undertook these creative works on their own from home,” Poacelli said. “I love that Clara’s painting brought the community together to participate in a common endeavor when we were apart.”

In selecting the winners, the judges cited Alexa’s poem for its masterful crafting of language, Tommy’s song for its infectious optimism, and Maddie’s prose piece for its unbridled honesty about incidents that turned her American Dream dark.

“We had strong submissions across genres, so it was difficult to narrow to three winners. The judges deliberated for a really long time!” Poacelli said. “I’m so proud of Alexa, Tommy, and Maddie, and of all the students who participated. The ‘Inspired by…’ contests always remind me of the depth and breadth of talent in the Mercersburg community.”

This year's judges included Getty; Blanca Lopez Martinez ’21; Dr. Christian Bancroft, English faculty; and Bryan Morgan ’07, arts faculty.