Congratulations to JHS senior, Chiara Raimondo, who WON the NYS Poetry Out Loud Competition! She is headed to the National Competition in Washington, DC in May where she will compete against 53 state winners. The winner of the national competition receives a $20,000 scholarship! She competed against 23 other regional winners from across NYS and won by reciting 3 poems. We are so very proud of Chiara’s accomplishment!!
Chiara traveled to Syracuse, New York with her former English/ Public Speaking teacher, Barbi Price, to compete for the New York State Poetry Out Loud title.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies to create Poetry Out Loud, a program which invites the dynamic aspects of poetry and the spoken word into JHS English classes. Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self- confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Students who study, memorize, and perform timeless poems are immersed in powerful language and provocative ideas.