Organized by faculty members Becky Beno (Academic Coach) and Jacob Northcutt (English Teacher), the recent Poetry Out Loud competition that was held on campus was a big success! Jacob writes that he was “inspired by the connection the students would build with poetry as well as the opportunity for them to work on public recitation.” All of the students from Jacob’s English I and English II classes participated and the competition was also open to any other community members who were interested. About 30 people took part and many others came to watch and support their peers as they recited poems they had chosen and memorized.
Laura Gonzalez ’20 was the winner of the competition. She recited a poem by Natalie Diaz called Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation that you can read here. The other top finishers were Mariama Lemon ’20, Jaylynn Alexander ’20 and Ayanna Dukes ’20. Laura will be competing in the regional event at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.
Click here to see photos from the event as well as a video of Laura’s recitation.
UPDATE: February 27, 2018
Last week, Laura traveled to Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH to compete in the Poetry Out Loud semi-finals. Faculty members Becky Beno and Jacob Northcutt and three of her White Mountain friends joined her for the trip. Congratulations Laura!