Newbee Poet Gives Book to Collins Library

"I'll probably never write a poem again," says Jessica Ridgway, but that didn't stop her from giving a copy of her first book of poetry to her former high school.

The 18-year-old, who's now a student at William Woods University in Missouri, says she donated Resilience, a compilation of poems published by the American Library of Poetry, to Collins High School's library because the school was "so influential" when she was a student, the Kansas City Star reports.

"They made an environment while I was still in school, a place I felt safe, I always liked the environment they set up," she says.

Ridgway, who won third place in the state of Kansas through KET's Young Writers Contest last year, says she entered a couple of contests, including one for Resilience.

"I wrote a poem and submitted it last spring for fun," she says.

"A couple of months later, Jessica found out her poem would be published.

I was thrilled, ecstatic."

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