Montgomery Academy Upper School students participated in Poetry Out Loud, an annual national recitation competition that was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state.
Students have a list of poems from which to choose; they recite one poem in the school competition and three in the regional competition, which will be held at Huntingdon College in December. Winners of the regional competition will advance to the state competition in January.
Participants were judged by three judges, Randy Foster, Ana Baker and Jay Rye, who judged them on presence, performance and accuracy. Ninth graders set the bar--and swept the contest--with Sarah Kate Barton and Gianna Foti winning the school competition. They will go on to compete in the regional competition and, along with runners-up Elle Hughes and Marguerite Dillon, are invited to a workshop next month at Troy University to hone their recitation skills. Carole Yeaman organized this event along with Scott Richburg.