The winners of Mepham's 11th annual schoolwide Poetry Out Loud contest are 1st Place – Candace Casimir (10th grade), 2nd Place – Anna Mouras (12th grade), and 3rd Place – Kiley Coen ( 12th grade). Casimir, who took 3rd place in the 2016 competition, will be joined by Mouras as both students compete in the Nassau County Regional competition at Nassau Community College on February 9th for a chance to compete at the state level.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 school in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Student competitors begin at the classroom level, and winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC.
The winning students are pictured above with Ms. Nicole Maresca, who teaches English and Creative Writing and also moderates Fragments, Mepham’s literary magazine, and English Chairperson Ms. Mary Donnelly.