BOSTON — The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is celebrating the winners of its John F. Kennedy Centennial Poetry Contest.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky is the scheduled keynote speaker at Saturday’s event.

The contest managed by Mass Poetry received 412 submissions from middle and high school students across the state. Pinsky selected two winners and two runners-up from among 45 finalists as determined by graduate students from several colleges.

Students were invited to submit a poem about JFK, relating to any aspect of his life. The ceremony is part of the yearlong celebration of JFK’s 100th birthday that was on May 29.

The contest honors Kennedy’s legacy as a champion of poetry. He was the first president to include a poem as part of his inauguration ceremony.

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