The Mepham sophomore stunner is now slated for Syracuse!
Mepham sophomore Candace Casimir attended, and won, the Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition held at Nassau Community College in Garden City on Friday, February 9th.
Candace, a student in Ms. Malone’s English 2 Honors class and a member of the Skull and Bones Drama Club, won the Mepham Poetry Out Loud competition in December with her recitation of Snow Day by Billy Collins. She and runner up Anna Mouras were invited to represent Mepham at the Regional Competition.
Each participant at this level was tasked with preparing three poems for the competition, the first two for the preliminary rounds, and the last reserved for the championship round. All nineteen participants were from high schools in Queens or Nassau County, and they were among the top two scorers in their school competitions. Candace’s flawless recitations of Art vs. Trade by James Weldon Johnson and Snow Day put her on the list as one of the top 7 scoring readers to participate in the final round along with Anna and a senior named Nicole Formisano from John F. Kennedy High School.
The competition was fierce, with all readers in the final round offering captivating recitations of their last selected poem. In the end, Candace wowed the crowd (and the judges) with her thoughtful interpretation of Friendship After Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Candace and runner up Alisha Guitierrez from Valley Stream Central HS will attend the New York State Poetry Out Loud Competition in Syracuse on March 9th, where each student will vie for a chance to compete nationally.