Student Advances in Poetry Out Loud Competition

We’re immensely proud of Norfolk Collegiate’s ongoing commitment to the arts and humanities. Again this year, student participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry competition that encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Their ultimate goal? Help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history while exploring contemporary life.

Each year, schools participate at the school, regional, state and national levels. Students Clare Harbin ’19, Abigail Hecht ’19, Gabby Guirand ’22 and Aria Lawrence ’22 participated at Collegiate’s level with poems they chose from the Poetry Out Loud anthology. Clare—who also won her freshman year—and runner-up Gabby will move onto regionals on Friday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. If Clare and Gabby are unable to perform their duties, Abigail looks forward to competing.

According to the program’s rules, once students advance to state from the regional competition, they must have three poems prepared; one must be 25 lines or fewer and one must be written before the 20th century.

“I chose ‘Turning the Tables’ by Joel-Dias Porter because I fell in love with it a few years ago and wanted to continue reciting it,” said school-wide winner Clare. “I chose also ‘Not Waving but Drowning’ by Stevie Smith.”

The crew looks forward to the regional competition next month.