Wilton’s High Mowing students advance in poetry contest

High Mowing School has announced the results of the school contest for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest held on Feb. 7.

First place winner is Sidd Phillips and runner-up is Merri McMahon. They will go on to the regional competition held at Southern New Hampshire University on March 5, and will compete to advance to the state and national Poetry Out Loud competitions.

Phillips recited “A Noiseless Patient Spider” by Walt Whitman, and “kitchenette building” by Gwendolyn Brooks. McMahon presented Emily Dickinson’s “Much Madness is divinist Sense” and “The Goddess Who Created This Passing World” by Alice Notley.

Poetry Out Loud competitors memorize and recite poems from a collection selected to represent the breadth of great poetry. Participants are judged on the quality of their presentation, accuracy in reciting their poem, and the poem’s difficulty.

Winners at the school level advance to a regional competition, then to a state competition and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., where more than $50,000 in scholarships and prizes will be awarded. Some 365,000 students from more than 2,000 high schools nationwide took part in the Poetry Out Loud program in 2011-2012.

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