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West Hartford’s Cole Adams Chosen for Hill-Stead’s Poetry Event

Cole Adams. Submitted photo

Cole Adams, Kingswood Oxford ’15, will participate in the Sunken Garden Poetry festival at the Hill-Stead Museum.

Submitted by Michelle Murphy, Director of Communications & Marketing, Kingswood Oxford School

Cole Adams. Submitted photo

Cole Adams. Submitted photo

Kingswood Oxford’s Cole Adams ’15  has been named a a winner in the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition, a teen poetry contest that has been part of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington since 1993.

Along with four other students, he will read his original work as part of “Fresh Voices Reading” on Connecticut Young Poets’ Day at the Hill-Stead on Aug. 19, 2015. He will also participate in a performance workshop with professional poets on May 31, and his poems will be published in a chapbook by Antrim House Press and featured on the Hill-Stead’s web site.

The son of Sonya and Garth Adams of West Hartford, Adams has been honored for his poetry a number of times before. In 2012, he won first place in the high school division of the West Hartford Library’s Teen Poetry Contest, and in May 2012 and May 2014, he was one of three Upper School students honored in the Gwendolyn Brooks poetry contest.

He also had a poem published in the 2013 edition of “The Apprentice Writer” literary magazine, part of the Writers’ Institute at Susquehanna University.

Adams is talented in other areas, as well: He is an accomplished musician, and has been awarded the Dux Prize — given to the student with the highest academic average in the grade — several times. And, he was a National Merit Commended Student, a member of the Cum Laude Honor Society, and an AP Scholar with Distinction. He will attend Brown University.

Adams is the second Wyvern to be selected as a prestigious Fresh Voice; the first was Hannah Loeb ’08.

Kingswood Oxford has long been known for a rigorous academic program that produces clear, confident communicators; resourceful problem solvers; and innovative and ethical leaders, here and across the globe. There is still some room in some grades for September 2015 enrollment; for information, contact the Admissions Office (860-727-5000 or [email protected]).

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