This is the sixth year Poetry Out Loud has been held at John Glenn High School. Poetry Out loud encourages students to learn about poetry and the history behind the poetry. This competition also opens students up to public speaking skills, being able to memorize the poems, and reciting them. The students pick one poem from the website to recite in class.
Mrs. Poulos and Mrs. Devold started doing this competition with the students. The 9th and 10th grade students are required to do this competition in class, but there is a school wide competition that any student can participate in. At John Glenn, there have been about 1,500 students that have competed in the classrooms since this contest has started.
Last year, Harry Harmon was the school champion and continued to be the Southeast Regional Champion. Before Harmon, Eleanor Mullins was the four year reigning champion and had the chance to compete at the state level competition. For the national competition, the judges have a scoring rubric that they go by which include: physical appearance, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, overall performance, and accuracy.
Students tend to pick poems based on their interests, length, and the level of difficulty. We have asked some students about the poems they picked. Sophomore Lyndi Slack said that the poem she picked was “April Love” by Ernest Dowson. She said she picked this poem because her birthday was in the month April, so that appealed to her.
The Poetry Out Loud school competition is TBD in January.