Poetry Out Loud

Under the direction of English Department Chairperson, Carol Cahill, six Rockland High School students participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest on Feb. 4.

the contestants POL

Poetry Out Loud contestants this year are Elizabeth Kelly, Adiza Alasa, Yousra Bendarkawi, Hannah Millen, Eden Dalton and Kellie Berry.

Each of the students performed two poems which they chose from the Poetry Out Loud website.  Eden Dalton was judged as the winner this year with Adiza Alasa coming in second and Yousra Bendarkawi coming in third.

Dalton will represent our school at the Cape Cod Regional Competition in South Yarmouth on Sunday, March 6th. The contest will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center located at 307 Old Main, in South Yarmouth

Eden Dalton was the Poetry Out Loud winner this year.

Eden Dalton was the Poetry Out Loud winner this year.

Poetry Out Loud Contestants – 2016

Yousra Bendarkawi

I felt a Funeral in my Brain

I Find no Peace

Hannah Millen

It was not Death, for I stood up


Elizabeth Kelly

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain

The Obligation to Be Happy

Adiza Alasa

Ways of Talking

On an Unsociable Family

Eden Dalton


All This and More

Kellie Berry

England in 1819


Judging the contestants were Karen Bonn, Bill Boyer, Elizabeth Morrell and Laura Whitaker.  The judges evaluated each student’s performance on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance. Accuracy scorer was RHS English teacher, Amanda McDonough.

Ms. Cahill was pleased with the competition and the performers. “This was a young group of competitors who, I hope, will return to the competition next year.”

Rockland High has done well in Poetry Out Loud through the years.

Good luck to Eden in the regionals!


Posted on February 23, 2016, in Features, News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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