Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jade Murphy Represents I.S. at Poetry Out Loud

Our poetry finalist, Jade Murphy '16, went to States!
Jade Murphy receives a lei at the Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Sunday, February 22, poetry teacher Nicole Street accompanied Jade to the State Finals for the Poetry Out Loud competition held at the Tenney Theatre in Honolulu. She represented our school well, reciting two difficult poems, a 32 line poem “The Paradox” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “The Lamb” by Linda Gregg. Her performance was strong in all categories. She was judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, evidence of understanding, accuracy and overall performance.

The yearly competition is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth. Students achieve a greater understanding of our poetry heritage, develop public speaking and performance skills and gain in-depth knowledge of several poems. The experience is a wonderful opportunity for students to stretch beyond their comfort zones in ways that build confidence and self-esteem. 

We look forward to holding the competition at Island School again next year, and to sending one of our students to the state finals! Well done, Jade!