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Student Photo and Writer Contest Winners

06/25/2014 12:00AM ● Published by Brandi Barnett

Student Photo Contest Winner

Eric Whitmer: Seventh Grader at Redding School of the Arts

Testing of the Waters

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Student Writer Contest Winner


Micayla Whitmer: Freshman at Foothill High School

About her submission, she says, “This is a poem I wrote about a memory from last summer while I was teaching at Get SET (Social Emotional Training). Get SET is a camp for children on the Autism Spectrum, and I volunteer during the summers working with the preschoolers. This particular moment was at a field trip to the Redding Aquatic Center. I remember this special moment clearly as the child truly connected with me, a task that is difficult for children with autism.”


Sounds I Hear This Summer Day
A splash, a shout, a scream, a laugh,
Water tickles my toes,
Laughter fills my heart.
A grunt and a tug on my arm,
A big smile greets me.
The little boy points to the deep end of the pool,
And I know what he says even though he can’t speak.
Autism has taken his voice away,
But I can hear it.
It’s beautiful.
Teacher come play says the child with no voice,
So I jump in
And laugh at the water that dances around me.
The child jumps in too,
But too fast--he’s scared.
His fists grab my hair,
And though it hurts I smile and laugh,
And he knows it’s all right.
His hands release my hair and wrap me in a hug,
And the sweetest smile appears on his face.
Although no words have been said,
We both smile,
 At the sweetest of summer memories.


Community, In Print july 2014 star spangled eric whitmer micayla whitmer student photo contest winner student writer contest winner testing of the waters sounds i hear this summer day
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