Freshman wins poetry competition

By on January 14, 2016

Zoe Smith is the winner of the first Poetry Out Loud competition at Cocalico High School.

Photo courtesy Cocalico School District Zoe Smith

Photo courtesy Cocalico School District
Zoe Smith

The contest encouraged students in grades nine through 12 to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. It also helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Students were judged on their physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, recitation accuracy, and their general overall performance.

Smith will move on to the regional competition against other students from high schools in York, Adams, Franklin, and Fulton counties. This regional competition will be held at the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg on Feb. 2.

Smith is a freshman. Because the Poetry Out Loud has a national-level contest, students were required to choose from an online anthology of more than 800 poems to memorize and recite. At the school level, she only had to recite one poem, and she chose “Very Large Moth” by Craig Arnold.

Smith will have to recite that poem along with two additional ones at the regional competition in Gettysburg. The two poems she chose are “In the Desert” by Stephen Crane and “The Time I’ve Lost in Wooing” by Thomas Moore.

Prior to the regional competition, Smith will have the opportunity to work with Victoria Reinsel, a Ford’s Theater teaching artist. Reinsel will be in the Cocalico area to work with seventh graders during their theater day.

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