Christina Vecchio
Honorable Mention

AwardHonorable Mention

SchoolWestlake High School

CityWestlake, Ohio

TeacherMindy Clark

InternJason Linger


My poem was inspired by Jason Linger's hypertrophic cardiomyopathy research. My poem is from the point of view of a young high school athlete who discovers that he has a swollen septum and can no longer pursue his dreams of being a pro football player without putting himself in serious danger.