“A great poem has much to tell if we can find a way to listen. It will speak to us and for us, giving voice to times of great joy or great loss.”
These words are given to us by PoetryOutLoud, the organization and competition formed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the PoetryFoundation. PoetryOutLoud is a national poetry recitation competition whose purpose is to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This competition helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
On Wednesday, January 23, Villanova held its Eighth Annual PoetryOutLoud competition. Rhett Speer, Jakob Pinedo, Christopher Gutierrez, and Georgia Schreiner all provided outstanding recitations. Georgia was named the winner with her recitations of “Insomnia,” by Dana Gioia, and “The Conqueror Worm,” by Edgar Allan Poe.
Georgia will participate in the county-wide competition next month. The winner of the county will advance to the state competition in Sacramento. Good luck Georgia! We are proud to have you represent Villanova!
Watch our students capture the audience with their recitals here: Poetry Out Loud