The winner of the Juneau Regional Competition for Poetry Out Loud, held Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the JDHS Commons, was Natalia Spengler from JDHS. Spengler recited “The Affliction of Richard” by Robert Bridges. She will now go on to compete in the state-wide competition, scheduled for March 19 at the JACC.
First runner up was DJ Elmore of TMHS, who recited “The True-Blood American” by Delmore Schwartz. Also placing were Katie Jones of TMHS, who read “Ovation” by Carol Muske-Dukes; Aurora Bodine of JDHS, who recited “Baudeaire” by Delmore Schwartz; Katrina Greenleif of TMHS, who read “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley; and Jared Vance of JDHS, who chose “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes.
All the students competed by reciting a poem. Judging categories include physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of difficulty, evidence of understanding, overall performance, and accuracy.
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. For more information, visit poetryoutloud.org.