Wellington junior Mitch McGuire received national honors from Princeton University when he was awarded third prize in the Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Contest.

Wellington junior Mitch McGuire received national honors from Princeton University when he was awarded third prize in the Leonard Milberg '53 Secondary School Poetry Contest.

This creative writing contest selects only three students from around the country, and McGuire's poem "Crow" caught officials' attention.

It isn't every day a person picks up the phone and a Pulitzer Prize winner is on the other end, but that is exactly what happened to McGuire. "I was at work, and I got a call from C.K. Williams to let me know they selected my poem for the contest," said McGuire. "That was pretty cool." Williams is a nationally recognized poet and won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He also teaches in the creative writing program at Princeton University.

McGuire likes poetry because it is concise and appears almost visual. He has been writing poetry since he was a freshman.

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