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. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC.
Mepham's competition is organized by Ms. Nicole Maresca with the help of English Chairperson Mary Donnelly and the Mepham English Department. 2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of Poetry Out Loud here at Mepham.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 13th, approximately 80 students filed into the Choral Room after school to watch 24 classroom winners recite their poems for a chance to advance to the regional competition to be held at Nassau Community College on February 3, 2017.
3rd place winner Candace Casimir was the first to perform. Candace, a 9th grader, read “Art vs. Trade” by James Weldon Johnson.
2nd place winner Samantha Pepe, a senior, was also a first time performer in Poetry Out Loud. She read “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes.
And this year's champion, 12th grader Taylor Drew, offered a soulful interpretation of “Their Bodies” by David Wagone.
Both Samantha and Taylor will represent Mepham High School at the Nassau County Regional Competition at Nassau Community College on February 3rd with the hopes of advancing to the State championship.