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By Shawn Walden
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – On Tuesday, April 24 in the C.I.M. Auditorium, Poetic Idol held its fifth edition with 13 contestants showing off their skills.

First-place winner Princess Olowv reads in the C.I.M Auditorium. By Shawn Walden, CCC Journalism Program

Students who join the club read their poems, short stories, essays or other creative works. Students gather about twice a year to perform for an audience.

Judges Keith O’Shaughnessy, Allison Green and Sean Landis gave input to the contestants about their poems. Each contestant gave it their best and the judges liked every performance. However, only one contestant could claim first place. The first-place winner got a $75 gift card to Barnes and Noble. The second-place winner got a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble and the third-place winner got a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble. The event took place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and attendance was free.

The event was inspired by the students and O’Shaughnessy, an English professor at Camden County College. Green is a visual and performing arts professor and Landis is a philosophy professor.

Princess Olowv won first place while Robyn Giles and Andrea Alexander tied for second place.

Green said the “princess performance was poised; her metaphor was stunning and she showed some pride.”

She added she was also impressed that every year the students’ writing gets better and better. “Every semester the event gets better,” she stated.

There are requirements to get in the club. To find out more about the club and the contest, visit O’Shaughnessy in Madison 214.

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