Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud is an annual national poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Participation is open to all high school students in the nation. This is the fourth consecutive year in which Hicksville High School students are taking part.
Each student who takes part in the competition must memorize and recite two poems, one that was written prior to the 20th Century and another that is twenty-five lines or fewer in length. Students also have the option of meeting both of these requirements using the same poem; they then may pick a second poem of any length and from any time period to recite. All poems, however, must come from the list specified by the National Poetry Foundation, which may be accessed from the Poetry Out Loud
Classroom competitions begin in the fall and are completed just before Thanksgiving. Each classroom winner is then eligible to enter the school-wide competition which must be completed in January of the school year. This year's school-wide competition will take place on Wednesday, January 11th, beginning at 2:30 PM in the Kristoff Theatre in Hicksville High School. The three top finishers in the school-wide final will move on to regional competition in February.
Last year, _______students competed at the regional competition held at ________________. They were________completing the competition in ____________place.
Participation in this competition has __________since it began in __________. Students say _______________. Consider entering and