Class competitions can be held in October from 1-30. Students are welcome to perform in the recitation and/or original poetry categories. If they would like to participate in both, it's perfectly fine with me. Students will perform via Zoom or Google Meet. It can be recorded, but it must be recorded from the waist up.

    If a student wants to compete but did not get a chance to in class, he/she is more than welcome to participate in the school competition. All are welcome.

      • Memorize one poem following the Poetry Out Loud guidelines (Recitation)
      • Write and Memorize one original poem
      • Write and Memorize one original poem about a challenge faced in 2020

        The 2020 Challenge is a new poetry event this year. It will be held as a separate category. Students will choose something personal or global that they feel passionate about from 2020 to create an original poem. The poem must be memorized for it to be considered. A prize will be awarded for the winner of this category on the school level. Please keep in mind, the students do not have to compete in original or recitation to be a participant in the school competition. Students, please remember to record yourselves from the waist up. 

    Virtual workshops are being created by regional coordinators for our district. This year, UAH has given up the position and passed it along to Calhoun. Mr. Berry and I will be working together this semester to make this a fantastic experience for you. 

    The school competition will be held on November 13 unless we are face-to-face again. Please have the students record themselves from the waist up.  If we are allowed to compete face-to-face in November, the event will be scheduled sometime between November 16-20 depending on the availability of the library. Certificates for all participants and money will be awarded to winners and runner-ups. Winners will receive $100 and runner-ups will receive $50.

      • Memorize two poems following the Poetry Out Loud guidelines (Recitation)
      • Write and Memorize two original poems
      • Write and Memorize one original poem about a challenge faced in 2020



    *Applications will go live on October 1, 2020. Please visit https://www.poetryoutloud.org for more information regarding poem selections and contest details. 

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  • School Original Poetry Out Loud Winner

    Sija Headrick


    School Recitation Poetry Out Loud Winner

    Abby Kulkarni


    School Recitation Runner-Up Poetry Out Loud 

    Emily Lee


    Thanks to everyone who participated in the event. A special thanks to Ms. Poarch and the National English Honor Society, Mrs. Herndon, Mr. Campbell, and Ms. White for making the event a success.

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  • The school wide Poetry Out Loud competition will be held virtually this year. Applications containing information regarding the school, regional, and state competitions will be online and outside Mrs. Murray's room, S220, starting October 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at npmurray@madisoncity.k12.al.us or stop by and see me in room S220.

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  • Here's a valuable resource for you to use when deciding on an appropriate poem and to view previous National winners. 

    Poetry Out Loud

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