Senior from George School Named Bucks County High School Poet of the Year

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The college named this year's High School Poet of the Year.

Bucks County Community College has announced that Rhianna Searle, a senior at the George School in Newtown, has been named the 2023 Bucks County High School Poet of the Year. 

Searle, who was first runner-up in last year’s contest, rose to the top of more than 120 entries in the 36rd annual contest, part of the Bucks County Poet Laureate Program administered by the college.

For the first-place finish, Searle wins $300 and will be honored with a poetry reading on May 13 from 2 – 4 PM in Tyler Hall 142 on the college’s Newtown campus. The event will feature winners, finalists, and judges.

The three poems Searle submitted for the contest were entitled “Steady,” “Sugar Snap Peas” and “Springtime Sonnet.”

The judges were Tom Mallouk, who is the current Bucks County Poet Laureate, and Nicole Steinberg, who was last year’s Bucks County Poet Laureate.  

In addition to the winner, the judges also named Olivia Cao, a junior at Central Bucks High School South, as first runner-up. Second runner-up was senior Eva Houlton from New Hope-Solebury school. Third runner-up was Charlotte Smyth, a junior from Central Bucks High School West. 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. Learn more at

Learn more about the Poet of the Year at Bucks County Community College.


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