The 2020 Poetry Out Loud competition at St. Sebastian's started out with 200 competing students. The field was narrowed down to 35 students, who competed in the school semi-finals in front of a panel of faculty judges in Mr. Lynch's classroom on January 9.
Six Arrows were selected to advance to the finals, including Patrick McDonald ‘20, Austin Persons ‘20, Nate Kelly ’20, Liam Muldowney ’22, Alessandro Barbiellini ’21, and Connor Dumouchel ’23. The finalists delivered powerful performances in the Video Classroom on February 10. McDonald came away with the top spot, earning the title of school champion with his successful recitations of “Dream Song 14” by John Berryman and “To David, About His Education” by Howard Nemerov. Persons finished in second place. McDonald went on to represent St. Sebastian’s at the regional competition in Hopkinton on Saturday, February 29.
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Thank you to our faculty judges and to all who helped run this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition. Congratulations to all students involved, especially to Patrick who represented St. Sebastian’s well in the regional competition.