Chris Carchedi to compete in state finals of P.O.L.
Congratulations to RHS senior, Chris Carchedi, whose performance at the South Semifinals of the Poetry Out Loud competition in South Yarmouth last Sunday, March 3rd, earned him a slot in the State finals this Sunday in Boston.
This puts RHS back in the finals for the first time since 2010. Bulldogs, come cheer Chris on at the beautiful Old South Meeting House on March 10th, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Catching up with Chris before his Physics class, we asked him about his performance last Sunday and how he feels about the upcoming performance.
Chris says he was extremely nervous at last weekend’s regional competition. He explained he was also highly impressed by his opponents and never really knew that so many people loved poetry. Out of 18 high schoolers at the regionals the judges chose six to move on in the competition, and Chris is certainly proud to be one of them.
Last weekend Chris recited the very same poems he recited at RHS’ competition, “Calling Him Back From Layoff” by Bob Hicok and “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. This weekend he will be performing at the Old South Meeting House in Boston. It’s open to the public and is free. If he were to win the State competition he will go to the Nationals in Washington D.C and gets to take one guest. “I’d take my mom,” he said happily.
In this weekend’s competition he hopes to perform just like he did last weekend and plans to reach the audience with a lot of emotion. Chris wants to thank all of his friends for their support and the English Department for all their help, especially Ms. Woodward.
“She’s (Ms. Woodward) been a great coach. She’s pointed me in the right direction,” Carchedi explained. We wish Chris the very best of luck, and if you can, go Sunday to support him!