Poetry Out Loud
Published on 1/16/19
Corcoran High School
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals. Awards and placements are determined by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Criteria.
On Wednesday, January 9th, Corcoran held its school-wide competition for Poetry Out Loud. We had seven students participate. Each student memorized two poems to present to an audience of fellow classmates and staff. The student participants are judged on the following categories: Physical Presence, Voice and Articulation, Dramatic Appropriateness, Evidence of Understanding, Overall Performance, and Accuracy. All of our participants did a wonderful job presenting their selections. The winner of our school-wide competition was Madison Guy and the runner up was Beyonce’ Wood. Madison and Beyonce’ will be moving on to the regional completion at OCC in February. We wish them the best of luck and we know they will make Corcoran proud!