Senior Taylor Dews Advances to State Poetry Competition

Seniors Taylor Dews ’18 and Cecilia Innis ’18 are no strangers to the spotlight. Both competed and advanced to the state-level Poetry Out Loud Competition in 2017 after qualifying in the school-wide contest earlier in the year.


The duo repeated their school-wide victories this year and advanced to the regional event, held Feb. 23, at the Chrysler Museum. Now Taylor is off to wow the judges in the state competition in March.


Taylor won the top spot after reciting “Black Boys Play the Classics” by Toi Derricotte followed by “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden.


Attending the regional competition last year, Taylor and Cecilia knew what to expect at this year’s event. Taylor “enjoyed hearing everyone else recite their poems” and both women thought it was a great day with the other contestants.


When asked why she went back to the competition this year, Taylor said, “I like poetry and learning about new poets and poems. I like public speaking and getting better at it. I’m involved in theater performance, so that was a fun aspect too.”


The Poetry Out Loud program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history in the scope of contemporary life. To read more about it, please visit