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For the second year in a row, Lily and several of her friends took part in the Poetry and Prose competition at their elementary school. And again her group of four girls were among those chosen to represent their school at the competition on the county level. Lily’s group was the first to compete, and Lily led them in introductions, so her voice was the first one heard today. I sat next to her mom and dad in the first row of spectators and beamed with pride as the girls flawlessly presented their poem by Shel Silverstein. We weren’t the least bit surprised by their “Superior” rating.

Her beautiful "Superior" certificate

Her beautiful “Superior” certificate

When we gathered outside afterwards and I asked her what the best part of the day was, she explained it was getting to ride a school bus for the first time from her school to the Office of Education. I’m glad she didn’t let her terrific performance go to her head!

The Three Musketeers after their successful performances (they were on separate teams, but each earned a Superior rating).

The Three Musketeers after their successful performances (they were on separate teams, but each earned a Superior rating).

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