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Alexandra Fraze at this years Poetry Out Loud competition

Alexandra Fraze at this years Poetry Out Loud competition

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Alexandra Fraze at this years Poetry Out Loud competition

Katie Morris, Reporter

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Taft’s annual school Poetry Out Loud Competition was back for the 2018 school year. Open for any and all  students willing to compete by showing their love and talent for reciting poems.

     Poetry Out Loud gives students a chance to complete through the memorization of poetry. The competition happens in a pyramid formation. It starts in the classroom which picks one student who recites the poem they selected, and then leads to the school competition. Once one wins the school competition they recede to recite at regionals. Two students are chosen from regionals to then compete at state. Eventually one person is chosen from state to go to nationals. At nationals that’s where the student can win scholarship money. Taft’s school winner, Alexandra Fraze, went on to compete in regionals reciting “After the Disagree” by Abigail Deutsch.

     “There are the academic purposes and the memorization of poetry that can strengthen your cohesive thoughts and skills. Also I think it’s a lot of fun, it’s a chance to show yourself to everyone saying hey look here. It’s also to get your voice out there and show everyone what you can do,” said Fraze.

     Poetry Out Loud’s mission is to encourage students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

     “From what I have seen you get exposed to a new view of students in a way through Poetry Out Loud. It is always very fascinating to see students that you wouldn’t expect break out and take to it using poetry. Poetry Out Loud tends to bring out some strengths and hidden talents in students that you may not have seen in class with them before,” said 8th grade academic center teacher and programmer  of Poetry Out Loud, Allison Taylor.

     The Poetry Out Loud is for any student interested in showing their poetic side. Look out for next school year’s competition.

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