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Senior Jordan Newman Wins WHS Poetry Out Loud Competition

by Joana Haizel-Cobbina

On November 20th, 2018 Walkersville High hosted their annual Poetry Out Loud competition in the auditorium. As the students began to fill the auditorium, the competitors lined up ready to share their poems. There were two rounds. Each student was to memorize two poems in which they would recite in front of students and judges, including some faculty members who joined to cheer on the competitors. Many of the competitors were filled with excitement while others were to finally ready to face their fears of being on stage.

“I am excited to hear everyone’s creative thoughts and I think people should go there to support people’s creativity,” junior Christina Corchado said.

“I am excited to hear everyone. I think it’s really great that we are able to watch our own classmates stand on stage and perform. People were being rude in the audience and the poets were not being appreciated enough,” senior Elisabeth Madsen said. “Honestly I love watching people saying poems with such passion and enthusiasm” senior Haylie Petrosky said.

“I would love to watch the Poetry Out Loud competition, but sadly my class isn’t going. I would like to wish all the people performing good luck though” senior Olivia Blizzard said. It was a fun experience to see all the contestants say their poems and perform to an audience” said junior Ashley Adjei.

Senior Jordan Newman was one the the few who were excited to stand in front of a crowd and share a poem. “I am excited. I am so excited and I just can’t hide it” Newman commented.

While all the contestants did an amazing job and performed with enthusiasm and passion, there can only be one winner in every competition. This year Newman took home the grand title. We thank all the students who competed in this competition. Congratulations to Newman and Walkersville wishes you the best of luck to the next step in your Poetry Out Loud journey!