For the first time, Monroe-Woodbury High School participated in Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest held in English classes. This national competition begins with in-class contests, works up to school-wide competitions, regional competitions, states, and then a national final where one high school student ultimately wins. According to its website, the Poetry Out Loud program uses the thrill of competition to engage high school students with classic and contemporary poetry.
Monroe-Woodbury junior Abby Aguirre won the regional competition in February and competed at the state-level contest in Syracuse on March 14. Abby represented her school and the community well, and has set the bar high for future participants.
Abby recited “Video Blues” by Mary Jo Salter; “Poem for Haruko” by June Jordan; and “[‘Often rebuked, yet always back returning’]” by Emily Brontë.
“We’re incredibly proud of Abby, and we want to congratulate her on her outstanding performances at regionals and at states. Congratulations, Abby!” said M-W English Department Chair Michelle Bulla.