7th-grader pushes for girl power in award-winning poetry

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CHICAGO — Delilah Rivera hopes her award-winning poetry can inspire other young girls.

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A poem by 12-year-old Delilah called “Don’t Change” was selected from hundreds to appear in an upcoming collection from the America Library of Poetry called “Eloquence.” Delilah’s poem focuses on young women, encouraging them to show inner beauty and appreciate their education. It starts:

Don’t let a person change you. Why?

Because you are you, no one can change you but you.