2022 First Place High School Poetry

"From Sea to Sizzling Sea" by Sidney Morgan Conduff, Caddo Magnet High School

Poet's Statement

My work focused on unappreciated heroes, comparing those that died after acts of moral courage with those that survived. From the Holocaust, I selected Witold Pilecki, a Polish solider who infiltrated Jewish concentration camps to gather reconnaissance and managed to escape alive. However, many heroes courageously sacrifice their lives, which I displayed by incorporating my cousin, Frank O. Slater, who perished on the U.S.S. San Francisco after refusing to abandon his post, even when faced with death. I ultimately aimed to illustrate that a hero's death or survival does not validate or eliminate acts of moral courage.