Tuesday, October 16, 2012

St. Bernard Prep Hosts Poetry Out Loud Competition

St. Bernard Prep recently held the school-wide Poetry Out Loud Competition for its high school students.  Caitlin Varquez, Lesley O’Donnell, and Sean Moriarty faced off for the St. Bernard finals.

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.

Headmaster, Mr. John Tekulve said he was proud of each student and their performance.  “All three are exceptional students, and did a fantastic job of entertaining their peers who were watching the competition.”

The competitors were evaluated by four judges and graded individually during two rounds of presentations based on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of difficulty, evidence of understanding, and overall performance.

Sean Moriarty won the school Poetry Out Loud competition with Caitlin Varquez the runner up.  Lesley O’Donnell placed third.

Sean will represent St. Bernard Prep at the Regional tournament to be held in November in Huntsville, AL.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

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