4th Annual Poetry Out Loud Contest for High School National Reps 2/17

The Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest is the 4th annual and is being hosted by the Newmarket High School English department at 6:00 p.m. in the NHS Band Room this Wednesday night, February 17th.  This event is free and open to the public.

The competition is open to any student in grades 9 through 12.  They are required to memorize and recite a poem of their choosing from the Poetry Out Loud anthology.  Each student is evaluated by a panel of five judges from the community and school.

More than 15 students from NHS will participate in the school competition. the winner will advance to the regional semi-finals, and  the state champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington DC.  In two out of the last three years, Newmarket students have placed second in the state competition, so our students are working enthusiastically to improve that record.

The guest judges will include Newmarket resident and published poet Trina Daigle,
UNH Theatre and drama instructor Sarah Marschner, Curriculum Coordinator for SAU 31 Pat Ballantyne,  and retired Exeter High School English teacher John Ferguson.  

The Snoozers, the house band, will once again play free-form jazz between recitations, and seniors Lauren Wiswell and Anthony Romagnoli will host the program.

The competition, presented in partnership with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. 

For more information, email Pam here.  Remember to click on all underlined words to open windows to websites for more information.

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