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Baltimore County student takes state prize in poetry reading contest

Baltimore County student takes state prize in poetry reading contest

When Sharese Acheampong returned to New Town High School in Baltimore County after spending her freshman year in the African nation of Ghana three years ago, she was placed in the school's lowest-level English class. Within weeks Acheampong jumped to the highest level after her English teachers realized she possessed a mastery of the language.

"She's amazing," said Arlo Horton, a New Town creative writing teacher.

On Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Acheampong, now a 17-year-old senior, proved her mastery by winning a statewide poetry contest for reciting verse and for...

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