GRAFTON—Recently students from Grafton High School showcased their love for theater and poetry during a competition.
On November 21, English students at Grafton High School competed in the fourth annual Poetry Out Loud competition.
According to poetryoutloud.org, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country.
The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.
At the competition, the students chose two poems in which they analyzed, memorized and recited in front of the entire student body, during an assembly.
According to Theatre Director Teresa Dalton, the competition affords students the chance to closely study poems and to build confidence while reciting poems in front of their peers.
Students Jayleigh Payne, Mattie Flohr, Emily Rock, Montana Sheets, Antaya Lewis and Brooke Hodges were chosen to represent their English classes after a classroom competition of poem recitations.
Dalton reported that the school competition had three guest judges who determined the winner to be Brooke Hodges and the alternate to be Jayleigh Payne.
Hodges will compete in the state competition that will be held in Charleston, WV on March 13 and 14, 2020.