Poetry out Loud
By: Hayden Filsinger & John Kim
Poetry Out Loud is an academic program that induces students to learn about famous poetry by memorizing it,
then reciting it.
Poetry out loud Benefits students’ public speaking skills, builds their self- confidence, and helps them learn about literary masterpieces.
Poetry Out Loud likes to reward students with outstanding poetic achievement. Winning the state championships gives the victor $200 and a paid trip to the national finals, where the grand prize is a total of $50,000.
In 8th grade at Estes Park Middle School Sonja Greenway gave students their first opportunity to memorize and then recite a poem from PoetryOutLoud.org.
Students that enjoyed the experienced could continue to participate throughout their high school careers.
Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has been practiced by over 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools. It is truly amazing that students are showing outstanding amounts of literary interest.
A couple weeks ago, Dan Copeland reminded students that another round of Poetry Out Loud was coming and anyone who wishes can enter the local competition for a chance to win.
Poetry Out Loud is open to all students, and many take the chance to win. By excelling at poetry, students can get scholarships and be recognized for their achievements.
This years local winner was Antonia Bernal, who recited “The Paradox” by Paul
Laurence Dunbar who will be moving on to the next level of competition.
“I wanted to participate because I love poetry and I’ve never done something like this before.” It took Antonia about a week to memorize and perfect her poem. She will be moving on to the state competition on February 28, 2018.
One of the best parts about Poetry out loud is that only students in 9-12 grade are eligible, meaning that this is a child-based competition built to give students a fair chance. To be even more fair, winners are no longer eligible after their first victory. You can compete even if you are homeschooled! just contact your local school and talk to them about it.