The flowers bloom so brightly
Like how the sun shines through
Many people come to see
The flowers and princesses, too.
The fuchsia color in the petals
Makes the hearts of people settle.
Many children dance full of glee
While each year is another jubilee.
Brooke enjoys the sciences and is thinking of studying dermatology in college. She plays
on the Laney women’s basketball team as well as on a local AAU team. Her after-school
activities include the STEM Club, Key Club and Spirit Club. When not in school, she
enjoys going to the beach, shopping, and hanging out with her friends. Fun fact: Brooke
was an extra in an episode of Secrets and Lies when it was filmed in Wilmington.
POETRY HONORABLE MENTION
Ava Rollins E.A. LANEY HIGH SCHOOL • 9TH GRADE
Snow is melting, spring is near
Which means the Azalea Festival is almost here.
Ask your friends if they will go,
They say “Of course, don’t miss the show.”
The Festival brings Wilmington to life
And brings unity throughout the nights
People love when the Azalea Festival is here
But eventually we have to say, “See ya next year!”
Ava has only been to the Azalea Festival once but definitely feels its presence in the commu-nity
every spring. She plays travel volleyball and beach volleyball outside of school. In her
spare time, she enjoys watching movies.
NICOLE ROLLINS ALLISON POTTER
POETRY SECOND PLACE
E.A. LANEY HIGH SCHOOL • 10TH GRADE
The dresses worn so big and bright
To match the color of each flower in sight.
The Festival brings many people together
As a family that gathers.
The Festival is joyous and radiant
Only happens once each year.
Yet, the Festival only happens here.
Here is, Home.