Thomas “smokes” the competition
Wesley Thomas won the Poetry Out Loud contest at Quincy High School on Jan. 13, qualifying him to take part in the regional contest next month in Spokane.
Brenna Brews finished second in last week’s contest and Audry Allen was third. Six QHS students competed in the school’s Performing Arts Center.
The competition is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. It’s a partnership between the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.
Thomas advances to the regional competition, which is Feb. 3 in Spokane. Regional winners will go on to the state competition
Each state champion receives $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals May 3-4.
Nearly 3 million students from more than 9,500 schools have taken part in Poetry Out Loud during the past 10 years. At Quincy High School, six students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems.
Judges evaluated student performances for voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy.