Congratulations to all participants of Tuesday's Poetry Out Loud competition! The winner was Jade Murphy, '16, who narrowly rose above Ariana Wilson '16. Rebecca Stevens '17, came in third place, closely followed by Julia Randolph-Flagg '17, and Gabri LaFratta '18.
There were fourteen contestants in all, from the two high school poetry classes and creative writing class. They were judged by a panel of three, consisting of English teachers, Dave Reynolds, Sierra Hampton-Eng and Jonathan Barron. Poems were written by renowned poets and chosen from a list provided by the Poetry Out Loud Foundation.
"I was impressed with how seriously the students took this assignment," said event organizer and creative writing teacher, Nicole Street. "Besides memorizing complex poems, they spent a good deal of time refining their delivery. It was exciting to see how poised these students were in front of the microphone. Jade's poem was especially challenging because of its length. She really nailed it!"
Poetry Out Loud began ten years ago. In 2014, over $100,000 was awarded to students in public and private schools at the state and national levels. The competition is funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Hawai‘i's event is partnered with the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Jade will attend the Hawai‘i State championship on February 22, at the Tenney Theatre in Honolulu. As runner-up, Ariana is the alternate. The event is open to the public. The Hawai‘i winner will travel to Washington D.C. for the national championship in April. For more information, visit their website: www.poetryoutloud.org. The entire collection of poems can be found on this website.