Mercy High, Notre Dame Preparatory School students finalists in poetry contest


By Catholic Review Staff

Notre Dame Preparatory School junior Caitlyn Rayman and Mercy High School freshman Julia Gusmano and sophomore Grace Gibbons are three of the 10 finalists in Notre Dame of Maryland University’s 2012 Sister Maura Eichner Award for Young Poets.

The award is named for School Sister of Notre Dame Maura Eichner, a poet, teacher and alumna of the Baltimore university. This annual, national competition is open to female students ages 14-18 enrolled in a U.S. high school.      

Winning poems are featured in “Damozel,” the university’s literary magazine.

Rayman submitted the poems “Aurora” and “Inevitable.” She is a staff member of NDP’s literary magazine.

Gusmano’s poem, “A Fractured Blue,” is a string of haiku. Gibbons’ poems included “Blue,” a riddle; “Summary of Me,” an evaluation of the human condition; and “Extensive Bones,” a Gaelic-influenced poem about lasting sins.

Gusmano and Gibbons participate in Mercy’s creative writing workshop, a group for aspiring writers.

Feb. 8, 2013 

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