5th annual Poetry Out Loud competition sends two to Regionals

pamela white and sofia cortsEleven Bethlehem Central High School students competed in the 5th annual Poetry Out Loud competition on Friday, January 7th in the high school cafeteria. The competing students represented 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. The students recited a poem and were judged on six categories:

  • Physical presence
  • Voice and articulation
  • Dramatic appropriateness
  • Evidence of understanding
  • Overall performance
  • Accuracy

Four students advanced to the second round of the competition. Those students were Sofia Corts (Grade 10), Gabe Martin (Grade 10), Johanna Radcliffe (Grade 9), and Pamela White (Grade 11). After the second round of competition, the judges selected a winner and a runner-up, who will compete at the Regional competition next month.

  • Winner: Pamela White (3rd straight Poetry Out Loud win)
  • Runner-Up: Sofia Corts

The Poetry Out Loud Regional will be held virtually this year, and will air on February 26th and 27th. The top contestants from the Regional will be selected to perform at the NYS Poetry Out Loud competition in March.

Congratulations to Pamela, Sofia, and all our contestants!

The following is a list of contestants and the poems they competed with:

Round 1

  • Sofia Corts (10) – “Two Guitars” by Victor Hernandez Cruz
  • Nova DiRamio (9) – “Crossing a City Highway” by Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Katherine Ferreira (10) – “The Good in the Evil World” by Rebecca Hazleton
  • Sophia Imbriaco (10) – “Emily Dickinson at the Poetry Slam” by Dan Vera
  • Gabriel Martin (10) – “The Properly Scholarly Attitude” by Adelaide Crapsey
  • James Moore (10) – “the world is about to end but my grandparents are in love” by Kara Jackson
  • Johanna Radcliffe (9) – “won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton
  • Ned Reynolds (10) – “Pleasures” by Denise Levertov
  • Teagan Shea (10) – “The Days Gone By” by James Whitcomb Riley
  • Julia Siegel (9) – “War Ballad” by Stanley Moss
  • Pamela White (11) – “Candles” by Carl Dennis

Round 2

  • Sofia Corts (10) – “Self-Portrait” by Robert Creeley
  • Gabriel Martin (10) – “Windy City” by Stuart Dybek
  • Johanna Radcliffe (9) – “Proem” by Martin Carter
  • Pamela White (11) – “Oranges” by Roisin Kelly