Carroll ISD fifth grader Libby Tseng recently competed in this year’s Red Steagall poetry contest. The annual event was held in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Libby was selected as one of ten finalists in the Junior Division and received first place with her poem “Teachers are Better than Cows”. Libby will receive a college scholarship as part of her prize winnings. She is a student of Patty Christensen, fifth grade GT Language Arts teacher at Durham Intermediate School.
The Texas State Legislature named Red Steagall the Official Cowboy Poet of Texas. Click here for more information about the junior poetry event.
Libby’s poem is below:TEACHERS ARE BETTER THAN COWS A Cowboy’s life is not for me That’s something I can plainly see Herding cattle in the blazing sun Is not my idea of having fun But if I were the one with the 10 gallon hat I might have a different view at that Sitting with kids and books inside Would make me long for a cattle drive Chuck wagon, lunch lines Home Rooms, branding time Each night sleeping beneath the stars Each spring taking a test called the STAAR
These lives are as different as can be Which one is better depends on who’s me Since I’m only ten right now It makes sense I prefer my teacher to a cow.