The third annual Eighth Grade Poetry Recitation Competition was held Tuesday, April 9 in Hogenkamp Auditorium. All 92 eighth graders spent recent weeks selecting, memorizing, and performing an array of poems from the world’s most celebrated poets, both past and present. Five finalists were chosen by their teachers and peers to perform in the final:
- Matei Jucan recited “Four Portraits of Fire” by Lorna Dee Cervantes
- Sean Beechey recited “I, Too” by Langston Hughes
- Noah Baisch recited “The Heavenly City” by Stevie Smith
- Josh Mauro recited “History” by Camille Rankine
- Aiden Blatter recited “Rain” by Kazim Ali
The competition was modeled after the National Poetry Out Loud Competition, which is held in Washington, D.C., each spring. Each finalist recited his poem from memory while a panel of judges scored them on accuracy, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance.
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Sean Beechey!