Two Mill Creek Elementary fourth graders are now award-winning poets.

Kimberly Kuhlman of Stephanie Jahnssen’s class and Haden Long of Judy Zeih’s class won the “What 2013 Means to Me” poetry contest. The creative contest was in conjunction of the Jackson County time capsule project, in which memorabilia will be stored inside a safe at the Truman Courthouse in the Independence Square.

The capsule will not be opened for 80 years.

More than 100 poems written by Independence fourth graders were submitted to the contest, said County Executive Mike Sanders.

The poems were read and reviewed by a panel of judges that included former Independence mayors Don Reimal and Barbara Potts, Steve Noll of the Jackson County Historical Society and Mid-Continent Public Library Director Steve Potter. The panel selected Kuhlman and Long’s poems as the best, according to Sanders and Angie Jeffries, Jackson County Director of Communications.

“Originally there was going to be one winner,” Sanders told Mill Creek fourth graders. “But two poems were so good and so close that we chose two winners.”

Each winner received a trophy and tickets to the Kansas City Zoo.

Sanders told the two Mill Creek fourth grade classes that all of the submitted poems will be stored in the time capsule.

A ceremony for closing the time capsule is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10 at the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. The public is invited to attend.

Here are the winning poems:

“What 2013 Means to Me!” by Haden Long

In 2013 there was a whole new world with new adventures and discoveries to be found.

Listening to Hurricane Sandy was devestating.

Watching Impractical Jokers had lots of laughs,

Reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid Hard Luck,

Observing the Miami Heat win the finals,

Staring at the TV when the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl,

Playing Disney Infinity,

Hearing about the Boston Marathon bombings, what a tragedy.

Listening to the song, Wrecking Ball,

Going to the movies to watch Anchor Man 2,

Screaming when Dewayne Bowe got arrested.

Clapping when the Chiefs were 9-0

Yelling when the Oculus Drift came out

With 2013 behind us, there is going to be a whole new world with new adventures and discoveries to found in 2014!

“There’s a whole new world in 2013!” by Kimberly Kuhlman

Reading about the thousands of people in New York watching the lighting of the tree.

Feeling the heat from lighting striking and starting a fire.

Hearing about Prince George being born.

Talking about the government shutdown.

Jumping up and down with the panda giving birth at the zoo in Washington D.C.

Crying that the jellyfish are causing problems in Japan.

Finding out that the caffeine makers are making more products.

Watching Frozen two times.