Poetry Out Loud!

Ellie Michaels '22

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          It’s that time of year again: the second annual Poetry Out Loud Competition! This school-wide competition was was held in TMH on January 17th after school, and it was a huge success! If you’re not familiar, Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest that encourages students all across the country to learn about and connect with poetry through memorization and performance. A total of nine BMHS students were chosen to recite their poems: myself, Svetlana Altshuler ’20, Matthew Craig ’19, Lucy May Aki ’19, Hannah Tiedemann ‘19, Irenosen Aboiralor ‘20, Carmen Nichols ‘20, Kaye Ann Forbes ‘22, and Matias Herrera ‘22.

          There were so many inspirational performances, and what I found interesting was that each person chose a completely different poem that showcased something unique about his or her own personality. There was so much diversity; some poems were insightful and meditative, while others were more funny and upbeat. As a participant, I can say that it was definitely nerve-racking to go up on stage and recite my poem, especially since I am a little shy. But all the awesome encouragement and support from fellow classmates really helped the participants feel more confident and comfortable up there. Of course, everyone did an AMAZING job, and it was really hard for the judges and coordinatorsMrs. Bagnell and Ms. Rudderto choose a finalist. Congratulations to Irenosen Aboiralor for her outstanding and memorable recitation of “To have without holding” by Marge Piercy! She will now move on to the next competition, which will take place on Thursday, February 7th in Cerritos. Following that, the National Competition will be held in Washington, D.C., from April 30 – May 1, 2019. We wish you good luck! Thanks again to all of the participants who shared their voice and talent: what a great way to start off the new year!