LACONIA — Laconia High School has announce the winners of the school contest for Poetry Out Loud: Jaylynn Fleury and runner up Jillian McDonald. On Jan. 11, eight high school students from LHS participated in the Poetry Out Loud school contest at the Laconia Public Library. Fleury will advance to the regional contest on March 5 at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln. Each champion at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials.
Students from LHS recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy. Teachers in the English department at LHS worked with poetry curriculum in the classroom and worked with classes to develop skills in poetry and public speaking.
The competition, presented in partnership with the New Hampshire State Council on The Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional semi-final competition, then to Concord for the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Over the past 11 years, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3 million students and 45,000 teachers from 10,000 schools nationwide.
To learn more about the NH Poetry Out Loud contest visit poetryoutloud.org.