ALTON -- An Alton girl, Angelica Thomas, 9, has won a national poetry contest.
Land Line Magazine headquartered in Grain Valley, Mo., recently held a poetry contest.
Land Line is a trucking publication and is the flagship magazine for Owner Operator Driver Association.
T.J. and Jennifer Thomas of Alton own Thomas Transport. Their daughter Angelica drives across country with them. She is home schooled.
A news release from the magazine said there were so many students who entered the contest they created a youth division.
They divided the youth into three categories. Angelica was in the 10 and under category.
"I was very happy when my parents received the call from the magazine. I was so excited and so was Momma. The way she showed it. She looked like she was very, very excited. As soon as my grandparents came over I told them and sent copies to my pen-pals and my Grandpa T in Kentucky," she said.
Angelica's poem goes like this:
In America there's lots of big trucks
Who make a lot of big bucks.
They drive coast to coast
Just to make the most,
And many hope for luck.
Flatbeds know how to haul,
Even when the load's tall.
Sometimes they're over size,
And for that you must be wise,
Unless it's the wrecker you want to call.
I met a man
Who drove a dry van.
When there's a need
He gets there with speed,
And sometimes must eat from a can.
Reefer's haul meat, birds and fruit.
And to get it to stores they must scoot
They drive very good,
And hardly ever haul wood,
Cuz fruit pays the most loot.
Peterbilt, Volvo and Freightliner too.
Truckin' sticks to drivers just like glue.
They come home to honey
To give her the money
She books them a load to Kalamazoo!
"I just started off with America. I was learning limericks in school and wrote the first verse in a limerick. I decided it needed more detail and wrote reefer, van, flatbed, oversize, and coming home verses. That about rounded it off. I told what I was going to talk about, talked about it and finished it off," Angelica said.
Land Line awarded her a $30 check for her effort. When Angelica was asked if she liked the first prize money she said, "I like it very much. It's not often I get that much money at a time. I'll put $5 in my savings, $3 for tithe and I don't know what I'll do with the rest," she said.
Angelica said "yes" she was proud of her accomplishment.
Angelica has traveled over a million miles across the United States with her trucking family.