By: Jamie Kang

The Poetry Out Loud Competition is a nationwide competition where high schoolers grades 9-12 can learn about the art of poetry by reciting and memorizing poems that they pick from a list that is preselected by the event organizers. This event is also a way for students to improve their public speaking skills and build self-confidence. College Park Falcons, junior Elise Wildman, sophomore Gil Lee, freshman Tessa Colins, freshman Elena Tung, and junior Katelyn Downing, last years Poetry Out Loud winner, all participated and recited their poems on January 18, 2018 in the library.

The competition begins in the classrooms of teachers who choose to participate. The winners from the classrooms then go on to compete against each other, and one student is selected to represent the school at the county level. Then, three selected students will be moving on to the state level competition, followed by the regional and national competition. Each state winner will receive a $200 reward along with a fully paid trip to Washington D.C for the national competition. At the national competition, the winner will receive a $50,000 reward.

The five participants all recited their poems and were all judged on the same day. At the end of the competition, Tung took third place along with a $10 amazon gift card. Colins placed second and won a $50 Amazon gift card.

It felt really good! When everybody was reciting, they were really talented and great! I would say that this was a really good experience for me and a great opportunity to win 3rd place!” Tung said.

Lastly, last years winner, Downing, took first again and will represent College Park at the county competition on February 10, 2018.

It’s really good! It’s great! I really wanted to go back to the County Competition and do a little bit better than last year!” said Downing.

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