Illustrated Poem Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 NCW Illustrated Poem Contest!

As part of NCW 2021, students from grades K–12 were invited to share their interpretation of the theme, “Fast or Slow... Chemistry Makes It Go!”, in the form of illustrated poems. Winners at the local section level qualified for the national contest. At the national level, first- and second-place prizes were awarded in four categories. Thank you to all schools and local sections that participated!

See the winners by grade category below. Click on the images to view a larger version of each illustrated poem.


Grades K-2

1st Place

Olivia Pepelea
2nd Grade
Jeremiah Gray Elementary School
Indiana Local Section

2nd Place

Thalia Brennan
2nd Grade
Chenango Forks Elementary School
Binghamton Local Section


Grades 3-5

1st Place

Caleb Kim
3rd Grade
Princeton Charter School
Princeton Local Section

2nd Place

Mira Murthy
5th Grade
Boyce Middle School
Pittsburgh Local Section


Grades 6-8

1st Place

Calliope Brennan
6th Grade
Chenango Forks Middle School
Binghamton Local Section

2nd Place

Anika Khedekar
8th Grade
Grover Middle School
Princeton Local Section


Grades 9-12

1st Place

Janie Lee
11th Grade
Biotechnology High School
North Jersey Local Section

2nd Place

Henry Holt
10th Grade
Blacksburg High School
Virginia Blue Ridge Local Section