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December 23, 2014

High School students perform 'Poetry Out Loud,' two advance to regional competition

picture from Poetry Out Loud

On Monday, December 22, poetry came to life on the stage of the Niskayuna High School Little Theater as 22 students participated in Poetry Out Loud, a preliminary event in the nationwide high school poetry recitation contest.

Following the recitations, the judges briefly adjourned before returning to the theatre to announce that Elizabeth Lukoski and Emma Sarnacki were selected to represent Niskayuna at the regional competition in Oneonta in early February. Jiaqi Yao was named the alternate.

The event is hosted by the High School English Department, and coordinated by teacher Kelly Millett, who emphasized that all of the participants were winners.

"It's not easy to stand in front of a large group of people, memorize, articulate and bring feeling to a poem, so thank you so much," Millett said.

The participants in the Niskayuna High School event were selected based on their performance in classroom competitions. Students, teachers, and parents were in attendance in the Little Theater.

The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is a National Arts Education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering a recitation competition to high schools across the country. Created in partnership by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, it was implemented as a way to foster the next generation of great poets.

The poems performed ranged from classic to contemporary.

View the program from the event, which lists all of the student participants.

The winners, from left: Elizabeth Lukoski, Emma Sarnacki, and Jiaqui Yao (alternate). 

picture from Poetry Out Loud