Twenty Academy high school students have qualified as semi-finalists eligible to move on to competing this week for the coveted honor of representing their grade level at the Poetry Out Loud recitation competition on February 2, in the Brady Center during a morning assembly.
The grade-level finalists from this competition will memorize a second poem for the February 2 school assembly competition. The winner of this last stage of competition will memorize a third poem in time for the March 12 state competition in Tallahassee. Last year’s winner was sophomore Sarah Davis, who has qualified again this year as a Grade 11 Semi-Finalist.
Classroom poetry recitation competitions, assigned in all English classes during the first two weeks of this semester, singled out the top performances for each grade. In grades 9 and 12, students faced stiff competition from their classmates, necessitating a second run-off during lunch to determine the top five slots for these two grades.
More information about the National Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is available at http://poetryoutloud.org/.
Grade 9 Semi-Finalists
Sidney Brown Sonnet CXVI by William Shakespeare
Emily Dever “Falling: The Code” by Li-Young Lee
Kandall Bopp “Catch A Little Rhyme” by Eve Merriam
Alina Ossi “i carry your heart with me” by e.e. cummings
Virginia Barreda “Fairy Tale Logic” by A. E. Stallings
Megan Glogowski “Fairy Tale Logic” by A. E. Stallings
Grade 10 Semi-Finalists
Amanda Bell “Famous” by Naomi Shihab Nye
Lauren Collins “Barter” by Sara Teasdale
Michelle Ebrada “What Kind of Times Are These” by Adrienne Rich
Nora Johnson “The River of Bees” by W. S. Merwin
Catherine Young “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Grade 11 Semi-Finalists
Sarah Davis “ These Poems, She Said” by Robert Bringhurst
Madison Osborn “A Dream within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe
Samantha Menard “Cartoon Physics, Part I” by Nick Flynn
Josie Little “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold
Jacqueline Henderson “I Am Learning to Abandon the World” by Linda Pastan
Grade 12 Semi-Finalists
Backman, Lindsey “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe
Costello, Christine “ These Poems, She Said” by Robert Bringhurst
Gentile, Ashlynn ”Happiness” by Jane Kenyon
Johnson, Ashley “Who Understands Me but Me” by Jimmy Santiago Baca
McDermott, Tess “I Am Learning to Abandon the World” by Linda Pastan