Students prepare for Poetry Out Loud Contest on February 1st

Megan Lee
Veritas Staff

Every year, Rockland High School participates in Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national contest in which students recite poems of their choice. Whoever wins at the high school then moves onto regionals and then the winners will advance to the state finals and to the nationals which take place in Washington, DC.

mrs. woodward

Mrs. Woodward coordinates the Poetry Out Loud program at RHS.

“They (the contestants) are judged on their presence and how well they communicate the poem,” explains English teacher Mrs. Woodward who has coordinated the event for the past seven years.

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RHS graduate Gabrielle Guarracino

Eight RHS students have decided to participate in Poetry Out Loud. It is an opportunity to learn poems, and potentially take a trip to Washington D.C. It also includes scholarship prizes.

Former RHS student, Gabrielle Guarracino was the Massachusetts State Champion in 2007 and 2008 and went to the Nationals where she placed in the top ten in 2008.

The value of the experience is what really counts. “Even if you don’t win, you learn great poems, and practice your public speaking, and you have fun,” says Mrs. Woodward.

The first round of competition, our high school qualifying event, is taking place in the lecture hall on February 1, 2013 at 7 pm.

Students that are participating in Poetry Out Loud include:

Sarah Kane – “Riprap” by Gary Snyder, and “Envy” by Mary Lamb
Chris Carchedi – “Calling Him Back from Layoff” by Bob Hicok, and “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley
Lilly Margolis – “The Cities Inside Us” by Alberto Rios, and “Echo” by Christina Rossetti
Shannon Doyle – “Money Refuses the Operation” by Lisel Mueller, and “Mezzo Cammin” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Courtney Dolbeare – “Across the Bay” by Donald Davis, and “Epitaph” by Katherine Philips
Joe Palana – “Ecology” by Jack Collom and “Channel Firing” by Katherine Philips
Pearse McNally – “Cartoon Physics, part 1” by Nick Flynn and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson
PJ Butler – “Israfel” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “Backdrop addresses cowboy” by Margaret Atwood

Students are able to choose poems to recite based on their own preferences but for the State and National Finals they are required to recite at least one poem that was written before the 20th Century and one that is fewer than 25 lines.


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