ARLINGTON — High school students from Indiana and New York state have been chosen as the winners of the Create 4 Freedoms contest, held in conjunction with the 4 Freedoms Festival this month in Arlington, Manchester, Bennington and throughout Vermont.
The contest required that students choose one of the Four Freedoms (Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, or Freedom from Fear) and create a new work of art or poetry that expresses how and why that freedom is relevant in 2018.
Upon reviewing contest entries, Joshua Sherman, M.D., president of The Mill in East Arlington and founder of the 4 Freedoms Festival, reflected, "No freedom ranks above the other, but it is both fascinating and disturbing that 77 years after FDR.'s State of the Union Address, the majority of our young poets and artists instinctively responded to Freedom from Fear."
The art contest winner was 17 year old Larissa Weber from Anderson, Ind., and the poetry contest winner was 17 year old Jamar Beauford of Hudson, N.Y., for his entry "Silky."
Winners will have their entries published in the Fall 2018 edition of Stratton Magazine and receive the "Stand Up Proud Award" at the Tribute 4 Freedoms on July 21 on Manchester's Factory Point Town Green, where they will be medaled by Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont. The winners' work will be displayed at Southern Vermont Arts Center's Arkell Pavillion in Manchester, and each will be awarded a $500.00 cash prize.
Contest finalists will also have their work on display during the frestival and receive a $50 cash prize. Contest finalists with honorable mention included Kaylee Bushee, Audrianna Ennis, Tea Oakes, Ben O'Kesson, Logan Kitzby, Arianna Barrios, Grace Katrick, Erin Kopeski, Tess Belnap, and Hollie Hill.
Beauford's winning poem follows:
Black Man, Black durag
He might sell food Hanging with his homies
He might bang too He might be a felon
I might make moves Stopped him at the store
I'm like "hey you If you make a sound
I might change you The black man killed on like day two Never knew the man but he was
grateful Imagine if your hero cannot save you
Looking at myself
"man I hate you Freedom from fear I fear of depression Fearing of dying is my first confession
Banning the pistol is my first suggestion Fear of being broke because I faced correction
Freedom from fear but I still fear Trayvon aint here but he can still hear
Can you let him go please
He cannot breath
Sandra Bland too blind to see there devious plan
Tamir rice shot twice for having a toy in his hand It's sad they want the black man heart to tear
Freedom from fear but I still fear
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