Brown wins Poetry Out Loud competition
Categories: General, Upper School, Fine Arts, Student Life
Posted: 1/25/2019


Twenty Whitefield students participated in this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition. The competition was held Friday, January 25 in the LSSAC. Senior Ansleigh Brown won first place, ninth-grader Iyanna Robinson won second place, and 10th-grader Adiyah Thomas won third grade. Ansleigh recited “Megan Married Herself” by Caroline Bird and “At the Vietnam Memorial” by George Bilgere.

2019 participants included:

Maddie Knox
Ansleigh Brown
Russell Bell
Chandler Goldsmith
Alex Eaton
Brooke Bergeron
Anna Bracher
Clayton Troutman
Ebonie Trueblood-Riles
Grayce Guthrie
Ethan Garrett
Ian Baker
Nyah Britt
Maddie King
Sebastian Nandekeolyar
Iyanna Robinson
Jaquez Dew
Alex Schulte
Josie Levy
Adiyah Thomas

In addition to hearing from this year’s participants, the audience also enjoyed hearing from five seventh-graders who won at the classroom level. Senior Kaleb Brooks also shared an original piece, “Fake Love is Contagious” during a brief intermission for scoring.

Poetry Out Loud was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Students are judged on dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, overall performance, physical presence, and voice and articulation.

Ansleigh will compete in the regional competition on February 2 at the Atlanta History Center. State winners receive a cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship title.