PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- A sixth-grader at Putnam Valley Middle School was recently awarded a prestigious Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award.
Kiran Treacy-Hind, 11, of Cortlandt Manor, earned first place in the children's competition for his poem, "Me and You", according to a statement from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, which sponsors of the awards program.
Presented annually, the poetry awards aim to "encourage poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit," according to the Foundation.
Kiran, who was honored in the children's 12 and under competition, is a well-rounded boy with varied interests outside of poetry, according to the Foundation.
This past summer, he trained in Portugal with other soccer players from his middle school and attended Taekwondo school in South Korea, according to the Foundation, which said that he also plays clarinet with the Putnam Valley Middle School and Putnam's all-county bands and tenor saxophone in his school's jazz band.
To read Kiran's poem, "Me and You" in full, see the second image above.