St. Patrick’s Students Compete in Poetry Out Loud Competition

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry competition that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students in all fifty states, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through their partnerships with The National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation.

The Poetry Out Loud process begins at the classroom level. Students from grades 9-12 are told to select a poem that they will memorize, analyze, and recite in front of their peers in a classroom competition. Winners from each classroom are selected to advance to a school wide competition. The judges will select winners who will represent their high school at regional and/or state competition. If a student continues to advance, winners at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.

St. Patrick Catholic High School’s school wide Poetry Out Loud competition was held on Wednesday, December 7th. Students in four grade levels competed to advance to the next level of competition. Our winners included Raven Gonsoulin in first place, Jack McKee in second place, and Madison Gee in third place. These students will be traveling on February 3, 2016 to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to represent St. Patrick at the regional competition. St. Patrick offers a congratulation to all students who competed and is excited to participate in the upcoming competition.

Story by Morgan Badurak