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2017 Poetry Out Loud Winner

2017 Poetry Out Loud Winner


The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Poetry Foundation partnered with state arts agencies across the country to bring the National Recitation contest, "Poetry Out Loud", to schools. The competition gives students the opportunity to practice and master their public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Warwick High School held its school-wide "Poetry Out Loud" contest Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The winner was sophomore Abigayle Knouse, for her recitation of “Father” by Edgar Albert Guest. The runner- up was senior Tiffany Kirby, for her recitation of “Aria” by David Barber.

Congratulations, Abigayle and Tiffany!

The contest evaluation judges were Mrs. Carolyn Bogner, Mrs. Connie Hilliar, and Mrs. Sharon Wilson. The accuracy judge and contest supervisor was Mrs. Jamie H. Beyerle.

Abigayle will move on in competition to Regionals on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Millersville University's Ware Center, located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA.

The winner of the regional contest will then compete in the state competition, to be held at the PA State Museum in Harrisburg. The winner for the state competition will participate in the national finals in Washington DC.

The following students participated in Warwick High School’s "Poetry Out Loud" contest, performing the following poems:

  • Rachall Adams- “A Poison Tree”
  • Sage Barnhart -”The Paradox”
  • Caitlyn Boland- “The animals in that country”
  • Jacob Bubeck -”The Paradox”
  • Gabe Griffith- “Peligro”
  • Justin Jolin- “Break of Day in the Trenches”
  • Tiffany Kirby-”Aria”
  • Abbi Knouse- “Father”
  • Brynne McNelis-”War Widow”
  • Paige Mosher- “The animals in that country”
  • Tara Neikirk- “That Everything’s Inevitable”
  • Adrienne Nolt- “Enemies”