Calhoun High School students gave poetry new life during their recent Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.
Poetry Out Loud is a contest that fosters an appreciation of poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
The thirty-two students who participated selected a poem in which they read in front of a large audience and panel of judges.
Scoring was based on voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, physical presence, evidence of understanding, level of complexity and overall performance.
Students first competed in their individual English classes, with class winners progressing to the school-wide competition.
“Through the competition, students learned the value of poetry and competition, the importance of public speaking skills and how to portray themselves in a mature, intellectual way, ” English Department Chairperson Kim Serpe said.