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Knupp wins MHS Poetry Out Loud event

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Poetry Out Loud contestants include, standing in back, Amber Holland, Cydney Fisher, Chelsea Knupp, Maggie Hall, Elisha Johnson and Micah Reed; kneeling in middle row, Lamia Robinson; and lying down in front Mark Hall and Evan LeFevre.

On January 14, ten Middlesex High School students competed in the school-wide Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. Poetry Out Loud is a national contest organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Contest participants memorized two poems from the Poetryoutloud.org website  and were judged on the diction, delivery, and overall impact of their recitations.

Contest coordinator Christine Pedersen said, “All the contestants did a terrific job.  This contest is a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn some wonderful poetry and compete in a national contest for scholarships.” 

The winner, Chelsea Knupp, will go on to compete at the state level in Richmond on March 5. 

Pedersen thanked judges Joan Magness and JoAnne Moore, accuracy judge Emily Bohannon, prompter Jessica Ripley, and tally judge Eleanor Harper for helping the contest run so smoothly. Also, she thanked former MHS principal Chris Valdrighi, MHS acting principal Susan Leggett, and assistant school superintendent Rashard Wright and superintendent Rusty Fairheart for their support of this event.

posted 01.29.2009

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