Congratulations to New York State Poetry Out Loud champion Chiara Raimondo!
Raimondo, a senior at Jamestown High School, earned a spot in the National Finals yesterday at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse with recitations of “Bleeding Heart” by Carmen Giminez Smith, “The Pulley” by George Herbert, and “Passing” by Toi Derricote. This was Raimondo’s third year participating in the competition. Her English teacher is Barbi Price.
The runner-up was Maggie Cappozoli-Cavota, a senior at St. Francis Prep, Long Island. There were 24 students in the state final, the winner and runner-up from each of 12 regional competitions.
The final competition will be held May 2 through 4 at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition for high school students that cultivates enthusiasm for literature as well as speaking skills. Winners at the state level receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the final competition with an adult chaperone. The state winner’s school receives $500 toward the purchase of poetry books. At the national level, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is distributed.
Poetry Out Loud is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. NYSCA supports the New York State chapter in collaboration with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, an organization that works with students and teachers to promote the literary arts.