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Poetry Out Loud

January 30, 2015
By KCS Staff
This morning, high school students participated in KCS’ first ever Poetry Out Loud contest, reciting an array of poetry to staff and middle school students. 
This competition, presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and Honolulu Theater for Youth, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  Today’s event was coordinated by English teachers Mrs. Holm and Mrs. Fong.
Each student selected a poem from the Poetry Out Loud website to recite and research.  From the research, students wrote a short introduction, which was read by Mrs. Fong before each student delivered his/her respective poem.  
A group of teachers judged the competition, scoring the students in categories such as accuracy, voice and articulation, physical presence, and overall performance.  The students rose to the occasion to deliver solid performances.  One of the middle school students in the audience reflected, “ I think the high schoolers did a wonderful job.”
After the judges’ scores were calculated, junior Charis Ahn was announced as the school winner.  Junior Tyler Hope earned first runner up. Charis will represent KCS at the state competition at Tenney Theatre on February 22.