JHS Holds 5th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition

Jamestown High School students, Chiara Raimondo and Zac Ricker, recently won JHS’5th Annual Poetry Out Loud competition. Chiara and Zac must now memorize two more poems before traveling to Buffalo on February 3rd to face the winners from other Western New York schools. All 14 participating students did an amazing job, and the judges had a difficult time making a decision.

“I am so pleased with the hard work and level of excellence that these students displayed,” remarked poetry coach and Public Speaking instructor, Barbi Price. “Their performances were outstanding, and I wish that JHS could send more than two competitors to the Regional competition.”

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between The National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and state arts agencies to encourage the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

JHS students participate in Poetry Out Loud as part of an exciting resurgence in poetry as an oral art form as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into JHS English classes.

Students are evaluated on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of difficulty, evidence of understanding, overall performance and accuracy during their poetry recitation.

Winners of today’s competition will travel to Buffalo in February to compete in the Western New York Regional competition. Two Western New York winners will travel to Albany for the state competition and, ultimately, to the National Finals at George Washington University in Washington DC, where the winner receives $25,000.

A special thank you to this year’s judges: Len Barry from the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Julie Livengood, Jefferson School Media Specialist, and Simone Mullinax, Director of Communications at JCC.

posted on 12/30/2014 - filed under: Academics, ELA, JHS, Spotlight, Students