Judges Await Poetry Out Loud State Finals, Held Today

Finalists on the Saint Joe's Auditorium stage. Photo Credit: Alexandra Korcz

Finalists on the Saint Joe’s Auditorium stage. Photo Credit: Kait Rooney

The College of Saint Rose is hosting the Poetry Out Loud State Finals this Saturday in Saint Joesph’s Hall.

Over the past three weeks, Saint Rose has hosted the Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals. Each contestant had to memorize and recite three poems of their choice, each in separate rounds. All of the poems appeared in the yearly Poetry Out Loud print or online anthology. Scoring was a cumulative amount from all rounds added by a panel of judges to determine the winner and a runner-up from each of the Regional Finals.

“All of the contestants were really talented. It’s hard to speak in front of a crowd on any occasion. To have to present a perfectly memorized piece is a whole other story. It’s a lot of pressure, but everyone handled it well and did a phenomenal job,” said Chris Surprenant, accuracy judge and Arts Editor for The Chronicle.There will be 16 students from eight regional competitions held all over the New York state. The 12 schools represented so far are: Amherst Central High School, Hackley School (Tarrytown), Bronxville High School, Sysosset High School, Saratoga Springs High School, Schenectady High School, Roy C. Ketcham High School (Wappingers Falls), Niskayuna High School, Brooklyn Technical High School, the High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow (NYC), Herricks High School, and the Rochester Academy Charter School.

Read the rest of the article, published in The Saint Rose Chronicle.


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