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Christine M. Serchia, who just graduated from eighth grade at Stella Niagara Education Park in Lewiston, has won first place in a statewide poetry contest.

Her poem, titled "Flowers," won first place in the Central Atlantic Region of Garden Clubs contest for poetry.

Christine was so blase about her prize-winning poem that she didn't even keep a copy of it for herself. And nobody at her school could find a copy of it, either.

The young poet's teacher, Rose Stack, had told her students that they could write a poem during their free time in a study hall if they had finished all of their homework.

"Since I had nothing to do, I figured maybe I'd take a shot at it," Christine said. "I was surprised that I won. I didn't think it was that good."

Christine said she would like to follow art as a career. "I want to be an artist but it's not a sure career. . . . I'd need some other job to back me up."

Christine and her twin sister, Jennifer, are 13 and are planning on attending Park School of Buffalo this coming school year.

Besides her twin sister, Christine also has a 10-year-old sister, Frances.

Mrs. Stack submitted the poem to the Garden Club contest because she is a member of the Youngstown Garden Club. Mrs. Stack began a junior garden club at Stella Niagara, of which Christine and Jennifer are members.

"You can see the enthusiasm these kids have with this little garden club," said Mrs. Stack. The Serchia twins had the idea of forming the junior garden club at the school, she added.

-- News Staff

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