Students at Valley Stream North High School took part in the school’s fifth annual Poetry Out Loud event on December 15. Hosted by the North English Department, the school-wide competition is part of a national contest that encourages students to learn about poetry as well as practice recitation and memorization.
By taking part in Poetry Out Loud, students master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history. This year, 12 students in grades 9 through 12 participated in the contest, which drew a standing-room-only crowd. “The students enjoy Poetry Out Loud because it gives them a chance to express themselves creatively beyond the scope of the classroom,” said Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Sofia Owen. “We are so proud of these students for having the courage to stand up in front of a room full of people and give life to these poems.”
The first and second place winners will be moving on to the regional competition, which will take place in February. They are Kayden Candelario and Juliana Blain; Manal Layachi will serve as an alternate.
“The students demonstrated such bravery, poise, and confidence,” said North’s English Department Chair Ms. Lori Belbol. “It is not easy to stand in front of one’s peers and compete in this fashion. Our students at North never cease to amaze us!”
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