On Monday, December 22, poetry came to life on the stage of the Niskayuna
High School Little Theater as 20 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 winner Nikos Assimakopoulos and alternate Matthew Mitchell would represent Niskayuna at the regional competition. This event will be held at Hudson Valley Community College on Monday, February 8.
English teacher Kelly Millett, who emcees and helps organize the event, congratulated all of the students for their participation. Pictures of each of them are below, along with the poem they recited.
They were selected to participate based on their performance in classroom competitions. Students, teachers, and parents were in attendance in the Little Theater. The poems performed ranged from classic to contemporary.
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 contest is coordinated by Millett, English Department Teacher Leader Annemarie Ihnatolya and English and Social Studies Secretary Angela Farrell. Special thanks to the judges: teachers Kelly Lehmann and Chris Pierson, high school library media specialist Donna McAndrews, retired teacher Russell McDowell and K-12 ELA Director Jean Winkler.
Merjan Ozisik, "The Road Not Taken" Lubna Alryati, "Enough"
Hannah Bachert, "Numbers" Quinton Cain, "My Brother, the Artist, at Seven"
Cristina Cavaleri, "April Midnight" Elisabeth Chillrud, "All This and More"
Hannah Davis, "The Coming of the Plague" Suzanne Davis, "Quite Frankly"
McKenzie Denofio, "Broken Promises" Brenna Donzelli, "The Kiss"
Johanne Freidman, "Crepuscle with Muriel" Samuel Fromowitz, "After the Disaster"
Noah Hanft, "truth" Matthew Mitchell, "Discrimination"
Nolan Rooney, "The Speakers" Katie Showers, "Enough"
Paul Tan, "I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -
From left, alternate Matthew Mitchell, winner Nikos
(591)" Assimakopoulos and English teacher Kelly Millett