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CB West junior named Bucks County High School Poet of the Year


Lauren Burchell, a junior at Central Bucks High School West, has been named the 2022 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year, officials at Bucks County Community College announced.

Burchell rose to the top of more than 100 entries in the 35rd annual contest, part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program administered by the college.

For the first-place finish, Burchell wins $300 and will be honored with a poetry reading 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14 in the Orangery on BCCC’s Newtown Campus. The event will feature winners, finalists and judges.

The three poems Burchell submitted for the contest were titled “One Fish, Two Fish, Girl Fish, Boy Fish,” “Secondary Succession” and “An Ode to Selene.”

The judges were Nicole Steinberg (the current Bucks County Poet Laureate) and Jane Edna Mohler (last year’s BCPL).

In addition to the winner, the judges also named Rhianna Searle, a junior at George School, as first runner-up. Second runner-up was junior Mira Kaufman from Council Rock High School North. Third runner-up was Pearl Smith, also a junior, from Neshaminy High School.

The three runners-up will also read from their works during the celebration.

The annual Bucks County High School Poet of the Year contest is another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region. To learn more, visit