Poetry Out Loud

High School East participated in Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide poetry recitation contest, on Dec. 16 in the Little Theater.
Fourteen students from five English classes took to the stage to recite poems they had memorized during the previous weeks. The two winners were Kessandra Chisholm, who recited “Video Blues” by Mary Jo Salter, and Colleen Haggerty, who recited “I am Trying to Break Your Heart” by Kevin Young. District administrators Tina Mangano, director of English Language Arts, K-12, Dr. Allyn Leeds, assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services, and Paul Strader, executive director of curriculum, served as judges.
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. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literacy history.