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Virtual reading to feature Bucks High School Poet of Year winner, runners-up

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Kiley Malloy, a senior at Council Rock High School South, has been named the 2020 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year, officials at Bucks County Community College announced. Malloy rose to the top of more than 80 entries in the 33rd annual contest, part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program administered by the college. A first runner-up in both 2018 and 2019, Malloy is copy editor for “Illuminations,” the Council Rock South literary magazine.

For her first-place finish, Malloy wins $300 and will be honored with a poetry reading. Because the college campus is closed amid COVID-19 restrictions, Malloy will read from her works in a special virtual reading and celebration from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, on the college’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/BucksCCC.

In addition to the winner, the judges also named George School freshman Rhianna Searle as first runner-up; Neshaminy High School senior Nathalie Hernandez as second runner-up; and Council Rock High School South senior Jessica Wang as third runner-up. The three runners-up will also read from their works during the virtual celebration, along with judges Mary Jo LoBello Jerome and Carly Volpe.

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