Poetry Out Loud Competition
On October 18, eight students participated in The Montgomery Academy's inaugural Poetry Out Loud Competition. Participating students were Sofie Behr, Caroline Deale, Martha Ernest, Alisha Singh, Catherine Updegraff, Casey Whitt, Brian Wilson and David Wilson. The poems they chose were powerful, interesting and evocative. Students selected these poems from the Poetry Out Loud online anthology; this anthology includes over 900 classic and contemporary poems. Each student memorized his or her poem and presented his or her recitation for judging.
Catherine Updegraff earned the most judges' points for her recitation and will represent The Montgomery Academy at the upcoming district competition.
From the Poetry Foundation: "Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition for high school students created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with U. S. state arts agencies. State arts agencies bring Poetry Out Loud to each state, the U. S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, with some 315,000 students participating last year. Since the program began in 2005, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers in 10,000 students nationwide."
Judges included teachers Ana Baker, Jay Rye and Caroline Sease, and they were joined by the AIEA director Randy Foster who served as the accuracy judge. Stephanie Hill counseled and corralled the students while Carole Yeaman organized the activity. Scott Richburg and Cheryl McKiearnan provided treats.