MADERA — Four sophomores from Glacier High School Charter took first through fourth place honors at the Madera County Poetry Out Loud competition held on Wednesday (Feb. 12) at the Circle Gallery in Madera.
The Madera County Arts Council partners with the CA Arts Council to sponsor this national recitation competition that gives high school students the opportunity to learn about, memorize and recite poems from an anthology of over 1,000 poems.
Over 4 million students have been involved with Poetry Out Loud since the program began in 2005.
Glacier’s participants displayed tenacity as they continued to practice their poems since the school competition in early December as well as a willingness to push themselves to try new things to make their recitations even better. When the judge’s scores were tallied, it was obvious that all of their efforts yielded tremendous results: Lilly Llanos came in first, followed very closely by Jackson Roeder, who was followed closely by Olivia Hagen, who was followed closely by Cameron Richards who tied with Abril Chavez of Madera South High School for fourth place.
Llanos couldn’t have been more surprised by her first-place finish in her very first year participating in Poetry Out Loud! All of the hearty congratulations from the other Glacier students, her family, teachers and the Madera Arts Council staff helped the reality to sink in though.
Llanos now moves on to the California Poetry Out Loud competition in Sacramento on March 15 and 16.