Pictured: Alden Kalbfleisch, Kaden Labor, Janaya Parsons, Victoria McQuillen Slocombe, Jaidyn Morrill, Ella Stafford, Laurel Coleman, Charlotte Wood, Madeline King

Poetry Outloud is an annual competition for students looking to take their love of poetry and public speaking to the stage. Nine students competed at the school level this year. The panel of judges were in awe as students stepped into the square and poems came to life. Each student memorized an extensive poem and were scored based on accuracy, physical presentation, voice & articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance.  In the school level competition, our three finalists were Charlotte Wood, Janaya Parsons, and Madeling King.

Video Link: Video 1  Madeline King performs 1st poem

On March 14th, Maddie represented BFA at the State completion which was held at the Barre Opera House. She performed three poems:  Emily Dickinson at The Poetry Slam by Dan Vera, In a London Drawing Room by George Eliot, and Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith. Please check out her performances!

Video Link: Video 2 Madeline King preforms 2nd poem

“I chose my poem because Emily Dickinson is one of my favorite poets, and it was fascinating to read about her as a person put in a contemporary setting. The process was challenging but rewarding and it was really cool to meet other students who are passionate about poetry.”- Madeline King

Pictured: Charlotte Wood, Janaya Parsons, Madeline King 

Elizabeth Noonan is the Principal of BFA Fairfax High School and is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY.

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