Rising Oakcrest School senior Megan Meehan won first place in the 10th annual Gabriela Mistral Youth Poetry Competition with her poem “Guardian Angel.”
Meehan also received an honorable-mention award for another work, “Silent Ones Are Waiting.”
The annual competition honors the memory of Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral. Students in the Washington ages 11 to 19 submit poems in English, Spanish, Portuguese or any combination.
“Guardian Angel” came in first out of more than 300 entries, and Meehan’s success was recognized at an official awards ceremony at the Embassy of Chile on June 5.
Meehan is the founder and president of Oakcrest’s poetry club. She recently self-published a book of poems on Amazon – “Abditory” – that is a reflection upon the despair and grief of losing a loved one and the hope that can be found afterwards through faith.