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Columbia High School Students in ‘Poetry Out Loud’ Contest Jan. 11

The following is from CHS teacher Janet Bustrin:

In the last month, poetry has been in the hearts and minds of the 1,900 students at Columbia High School. They were preparing to participate in the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. This is the first year the entire student body has participated.

Classroom competitions were held in December. The classroom winners moved on to the school competition level and, over the last three days, 15 finalists have emerged to compete this Monday, January 11th at 7 p.m. in the Columbia High School Auditorium.

Here is the list of finalists:

Jasmine Keegan

Stephanie Cadet

Theresa Desir

Kasper Kransdorf

Kamille Sabio

Hunter Kovacs

Riley Wine

Charlotte Steiner

Caleb Heinze

Sarah Braka

Lucy Schmidt

Sir Barr

Isadora Kianovsky

Kristen Bailey

Kayla Bonhomme-Anthony

The entire community is invited to witness this great event. Students admitted free, adults $10. Proceeds will support the CHS annual Shakespeare Festival and the Parnassian Society’s trip to perform at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2016.

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