Poetry Out Loud competition at South

Jen Crystal, Staff Writer

The suggestion of poetry is typically followed by a groan, but not for these six students. They all gathered, after a great deal of preparation, to compete in the Large Group Room for the title of Poetry Out Loud South Champion.

Yesterday marked the fifth annual Poetry Out Loud competition. The competition consisted of six competitors reciting poetry from poets such as Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Students were judged on accuracy, emotion, hand gestures and more throughout the two-round competition. The winner of the competition, freshman Lucia Walker, will be advancing to the State Competition on February 17th in Indianapolis.

In order to succeed in this type of an intensive competition, “you have to learn the poem, you have to know the poem and you have to understand the poem,” sophomore and runner-up Zipporah Streiff said. “We’re just here to show that poetry should be accessible to everyone,” she added.