SJA Student Competes In Poetry Out Loud State Final Round

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SJA senior Cara Metivier was surrounded by a group of teachers and friends when she declaimed at the Poetry Out Loud state final competition in Colchester on March 19: from left, assistant chair of the English department and Poetry Out Loud coordinator, Angela Drew; Katherine Keenan; English department faculty member Jenny Mackenzie; English department faculty member Andra Hibbert; Cara; Sydney Benjamin; Morgan Sulha; Lily Ilsley-Greene; Zelda Dively; Mina Bozeman; Peter Eckhardt and Jaime DeKett.

St. Johnsbury Academy Senior Cara Metivier traveled to the PBS television studio in Colchester recently to compete in the Poetry Out Loud finals. She was one of 10 semi-finalists to be selected from across the state to compete in the final round.

Poetry Out Loud in Vermont is sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council. According to their website, "Participation begins at the classroom level around the country. Teachers organize contests involving one class or a whole school with the winners advancing to the state finals, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Contestants choose and learn about poems from an extensive online anthology of classical and contemporary poetry while mastering public speaking skills as well as building self-confidence."

Assistant chair of the English department and Poetry Out Loud coordinator Angela Drew said, "Cara Metivier, Class of 2015, represented St. Johnsbury Academy at the Vermont Poetry Out Loud finals. She was in the top 10 of thousands of students who participated statewide. Cara declaimed "Part for the Whole" by Robert Francis and "Revenge" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon at the Vermont PBS Studios in Colchester. A group of students and teachers from SJA went with Cara to cheer her on. We are incredibly proud of Cara and the grace and talent she exhibited while representing our school at the state-level."

Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "Having the privilege of teaching Cara this semester, I had no doubt that she would represent our school well. She is thoughtful, insightful, and poised -- all of which helped her excel in this competition. Thanks to all involved in organizing Poetry Out Loud at the local, regional, and state levels for giving outstanding students like Cara a stage upon which to shine."

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