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  • 2012 Sejong Writing Competition Sijo Division Winners

First Place

Hollister Rhone

Chicago, IL, 5th grade, Ted Lenart Regional Gifted Center

I Have Heard

I can speak the language of tigers, I can understand their words. I can hear the honey bees, the bears, the lions, and the birds. I can tell the mice what’s on my mind, and I’ve heard. Yes, I have heard.

Second Place

Mary Liza Hartong

Nashville, TN, 12th grade, Harpeth Hall School


Seeing old pictures, I think, “Was I ever really that small?” Were those pink hands and tiny ears mine because now I feel like Alice in Wonderland, far too big to fit anywhere. [End Page 389]

Third Place

Alice Ra

Irvine, CA, 6th grade, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School


Fly high my vibrant-colored kite; up into the clear blue sky Make a lone colorful dot in the one-colored heavens So that I can make my existence known to somebody out there. [End Page 390]



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