Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Announces Winners of Poetry Out Loud Contest

March 3, 2014

Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

Hartford, Connecticut — Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy announces the winners of the school contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The student winners are Vivia Marshall with 1st place and Asha Manning 2nd place. The competition, presented in partnership with the Connecticut Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On February 11th Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy participated in the Poetry Out Loud school contest at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Recital Hall.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school‐wide competition, then to state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Some 375,000 students from more than 2,000 high schools nationwide took part in the 2012–2013 Poetry Out Loud programs.

At Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 700 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, and accuracy. Teachers introduced poetry recitation in the classroom using materials created by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, including a standards‐based Teacher’s Guide, a website, a Learning Recitation DVD, and a CD featuring poetry recitations by well‐known actors and writers such as Anthony Hopkins and Rita Dove.

The Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy winner will advance to the state contest on Wednesday, March 12th 2014 at Central Connecticut State Universities Torp Theater 3PM. Each champion at the state level will receive $200 and an all‐expenses‐paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship, April 29‐30, 2014. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books.

To learn more about the Connecticuts Poetry Out Loud contest, contact 860-685-7599 aroy@cthumanities.org or visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

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