Congratulations to Carol and all the finalists!
I hate to think of the contest ending, because - like the latest news from West Chester - it sounds so much like saying "Well, New Formalism had its moment, and now it's back to free verse, everybody". I REALLY do not want that to happen.
Also agree with Michael that it should go on until Jean wins--and some other people. For years I have been encouraging friends to enter, saying "New people win it all the time." I want everyone to have more chances!