Festival Napa Valley awarded $1,000 scholarships to the winners of its Four Seasons of Napa Valley Poetry Competition. The contest, open to Napa County high school students, challenged young poets to write a sonnet about one of the four seasons of Napa Valley as inspired by composer Antonin Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. In total, 86 poems were submitted by 75 students from six Napa County high schools.
“We congratulate all the students who submitted their original work. The quality of the poems made the judging highly competitive,” said Rick Walker, Festival Napa Valley President and CEO. “To tell the story of Napa Valley through the lens of these students’ poems is remarkable. We will be honored to bring their poetry to life accompanied by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, one of the most beloved works of music of all time, and are proud to support the literary talent of our community’s youth.”
The winning poems, one per season, received the highest cumulative score by a panel of judges. The jurors included Napa County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemko, Far Niente Vice President of Marketing Mary Grace, and Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance Coordinator Karen Provenza. The winners were announced live via Zoom on Wednesday, April 22.