Fourth Annual Poetry Out Loud Held
Many local students now have either a renewed or a newfound respect for poetry and the power, passion, and possibilities of poetry recitation.
On January 12, the fourth annual Poetry Out Loud competition was held at Dodge County High School, with 22 students performing recitations.
Poetry Out Loud was founded in 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Poetry Foundation. According to its Website, the program “encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation [and] helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.”
These winners included Jacob Snyder (first place), Jeaneen Perry (second place), and Kaytilen Rowland (third place).
Having won the school-wide contest, Snyder will prepare to perform at the regional Poetry Out Loud competition on February 18 and the Telfair Performing Arts Center in McRae, in hopes of later competing at state.
“We are so very proud of all of our students,” stated Poetry Out Loud coordinator, Donna Purvis. “I must say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make today possible.”
A special panel of judges were on hand to evaluate the participants performances this year. Purvis extended a special thanks to Charlotte Miller, Sherry Milner, and Hazel Williams, all former DCHS English teachers. Purvis expressed thanks to several current DCHS teachers who helped make the event possible: Melanie Peacock for judging accuracy, Brande Vaughn for tallying scores, and Quint Bush for emceeing the event.
Pictured (l-r): Poetry Out Loud coordinator Donna Purvis, Kaytilen Rowland, Jeaneen Perry, and Jacob Snyder, and DCHS Principal Dr. Susan Long.