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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

HIGH SCHOOL THIRD PLACE Land of the Feared, Home of the Grave

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

I enter a public place and map all the exits out

There is constantly the thought that I might need an escape route

I heard a firework the other day and was sure it was a bomb

I can’t communicate the fear that I felt through a poem or a song

This is the way that we have all gotten used to living

So my apologies, if your jokes regarding violence don’t leave me feeling very forgiving

Our world, it has made me grow weary

What’s the point in...

Coronavirus impact extends into June: Miller Symphony Hall concerts, NCC Summer Theatre canceled; Southside Film Festival postponed

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to devastate the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment community, including cancellation of concerts through June at Miller Symphony Hall, cancellation of concerts through May at Godfrey Daniels, suspending of Northampton Community College Summer Theatre and postponement of the 17th annual SouthSide Film Festival.

The impact of the coronavirus already has forced cancellation of the 113th Bach Festival, 40th Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre,...

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIRD PLACE (TIE) Little Angel

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Little angel, little angel,

You will become my perfect angel, you will be pretty, cute,

chunky, perfect, and I will love you with all my heart and

you will be the most spoiled sister I ever had and I will

spend time with you, take you to the park, feed you, sleep

with you, bathe you, take care of you when you are sick,

love you, dress you, have a day off of school so I can be

with you all day, and help you, so love you, love you, love

...

MIDDLE SCHOOL SECOND PLACE Mother

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Miriam,

her eyes shine like diamonds

her nose kind and perked up

smooth skin on her face

as she says ‘’Good Morning!’’

Elizabeth,

helpful, kind, caring

teacher of all things

loud and carefree

as she packs her bags.

Martinez-Perez,

her voice leaves a melancholic ring in your ear

as she closes the door.

Diego Perez

Age 14. Grade 8

Trexler Middle School

Allentown School District

MIDDLE SCHOOL THIRD PLACE A Trip to Anxiety Town

Monday, April 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

My heart beats loud, and slow

1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2

Mind spirals, anything I thought could possibly

go wrong plays over, and over, like a broken record player.

The roller coaster begins and my mind begins to

regret her life choices. It slowly intimidates me, with each

foot it climbs up.

With a dramatic, unnecessary pause before my death

sentence, the cart pushes forward, while everyone

screams and waves their hands, I squeeze into a...

Healthy Geezer: Eyeglasses were not so Superfocus

Monday, April 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of four parts

There are three basic ways to correct faulty vision: eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

In this column, we’ll cover eyeglasses.

Eyeglasses correct the following vision problems:

Nearsightedness (myopia), which blurs distant objects.

Farsightedness (hyperopia), which blurs near vision.

Astigmatism is caused by an uneven curvature of the eye’s surface that produces abnormal focus.

Presbyopia is a natural condition of...

The Press 15th annual Student Poetry Project

Monday, April 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In the time of the coronavirus, poetry is never needed more.

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 15th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see the Focus pages on The Press websites for poems in Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

This year because of the coronavirus pandemic social distancing guidelines, students whose poems were chosen for first place were not able to read their poems nor be...

Respectfully Yours: In time of coronavirus, courtesy may save lives

Monday, April 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Going grocery shopping has taken on a whole new significance as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. Can you recommend basic courtesies for navigating the grocery store to find what we need and remain safe?

Dear Reader,

Each time we head to the grocery store, we all wonder if it’s safe to do so and if we do, will we find what we need?

This thought is on the minds of fellow shoppers, apparent from the looks on shopper’s faces as they view...