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Poetry Out Loud winners head to regionals

Filed in Archive, Student Spotlight by on January 6, 2021

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, Bethlehem Central High School held the 4th annual BCHS Poetry Out Loud contest. The difference this year is that the contest was held exclusively online. Still, that couldn’t slow the enthusiasm of those who worked so hard to choose, memorize, and recite classic and contemporary poems with their own unique delivery.

In all, 11 students participated and each recited one poem apiece. Two familiar faces took top honors. Last year’s winner, sophomore Pamela White repeated as 2021 champion and senior Nyahera Santeliz repeated as 2021 runner-up. This year’s first-place win came down to just a single point (121 to 120 points). Both students will represent BC at the regional Poetry Out Loud competition which will be pre-recorded and broadcast in February.

Special thanks to the English Language Arts (ELA) department for sponsoring the contest and to our judges: Andy Baker, Elizabeth Edgar, Meg Maset, and our accuracy judge Justine Nigro.

  • Cali Dickerson, 12th grade (“Across the Street”)
  • Harper Donnelly, 9th grade (“Pinocchio”)
  • Emma Edgar, 12th grade (Driving toward the Lac Qui Parle River”)
  • Elizabeth Hancox, 12th grade (“On Monsieur’s Departure”)
  • Benjamin Laderas, 9th grade (“Epitaph”)
  • Chiara Poust, 10th grade (“Late Echo”)
  • Hayden Murray, 9th grade (“What I Learned from the Incredible Hulk”)
  • Patrick Murphy, 10th grade (“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”)
  • Nya Santeliz, 12th grade (“A Poison Tree”)
  • Maia Weinstein, 10th grade (“Harold & the Purple Crayon”)
  • Pamela White, 10th grade (“I am Offering this Poem”)

“This year’s competition was a particularly special one,” said teacher and coordinator of BC’s Poetry Out Loud competition Andrew Rickert. “Although we could not be together to recite, it was great sharing of poetry at a time when we truly needed it the most. This contest does create a deeper appreciation for the poetic form and for authors of the past and present. We look forward to being back together for it in 2022.”