KATONAH, N.Y. – Mia Cornell of Amawalk won the middle school trophy at the annual Michael Lopes Poetry Recitation Contest at The Harvey School. The eighth grader was one of 17 finalists who recited from memory their chosen poems before an audience of fellow students, teachers and parents.

Her poem, “Who Am I?” by contemporary poet Sara Hearn, was a personal testament to unraveling the complex layers of one’s true identity.

“I love poetry,” Mia said. “This poem is about identity and is something a lot of friends my age are struggling with. As I was speaking this poem I was trying to conquer my nervousness, but I felt the support from my friends in the audience and that helped.”

It was Harvey’s 40th poetry recitation contest named after Michael Lopes, a favorite English teacher at Harvey who died in 2001.