On Tuesday, February 6, twenty-three students in grades 9-12 competed in the finals of the first St. Sebastian's Poetry Out Loud competition. 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.
Over the last few weeks, students memorized a poem for performance in front of their English class. The twenty-three students who participated in the final were the winners of their class competitions. After a stirring afternoon filled with gorgeous poems, the faculty judges panel comprised of Mr. Lawler, Mr. Calabro, Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Richter, selected Alessandro Barbiellini '21 as the school winner. Alessandro will represent St. Sebastian's at the state competition in March.