Winners of Penn State values poetry writing contest announced

Annual Penn State Values Poetry Writing Contest

Penn State Values Poetry Writing Contest

Credit: Penn State

WYOMISSING, Pa. — In an effort to highlight the Penn State Values among the student population, the Penn State Berks Diversity Committee held its annual Penn State Values Poetry Writing Contest for students in the spring 2021 semester.

The requirement was to write an original poem on the six Penn State Values:

·       Integrity. We act with integrity in accordance with the highest academic, professional and ethical standards.

·       Respect. We respect and honor the dignity of each person, embrace civil discourse, and foster a diverse, inclusive and safe community.

·       Responsibility. We act responsibly and hold ourselves accountable for our decisions, actions and their consequences.

·       Discovery. Through advanced research and scholarship, we seek and create new knowledge and understanding, and foster creativity and innovation, for society’s benefit.

·       Excellence. We strive for excellence in all of our endeavors as individuals, an institution, and a leader in higher education and research.

·       Community. We work together for the betterment of our University, the communities we serve, and the world. 

Prizes were awarded in each of four categories according to semesters of attendance at Penn State Berks, and the poems were judged by members of the faculty and staff. Winners received gift cards to the Penn State Berks Bookstore.

1-2 Semesters

1st place: Genesis Santiago

3-4 Semesters

1st place: Edith Konneh 

2nd place: Anna Chen   

3rd place: Sienna Montalvo

5-6 Semesters

1st place: Rosainy Guerrero

2nd place: G. Michael Shott

7 or more Semesters

1st place: Brooke Chiapetta

2nd place: Serena Schade

3rd place: Xylene Rivera

To read the winning poems, click here.

For more information on the Penn State Values Poetry Writing Contest, contact Sharon Pitterson-Ogaldez, coordinator of Diversity and International Programs, at 610-396-6080 or via email at [email protected].