Rebecca Gibbons took first place in the North Caroline High School (NCHS) Poetry Out Loud competition with her recitations of “Sparklers” and “Ode”. She will represent NCHS in the regional competition in February. Abigail Gower placed second and Jade Pearl third in the competition.
Other students competing were: Adam Harper, Chloe Economides, Jacob Hulburt, Ryan Morley, Sophia O’Brien, Carlos Olvera, Kia’lah Webb, Allison Campbell, Brandi George, and Lindsey Groves. There were 23 poets represented through 25 different poems.
Poetry Out Loud 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. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The NCHS competition was judged by Renee Hesson, CCPS Supervisor of English K-12; Kurt Plinke, NCHS art teacher; and Melissa Steffy, a published author of poetry. Suzanne Loefler, NCHS teacher, was the accuracy judge. In addition, Caroline Saathoff served as score tabulator and Jalyn Stafford was the prompter. The NCHS Poetry Out Loud teacher coordinators are Anne Livingstone and Donna DiGiacomo.