The Poetry Out Loud Assembly is always a well received event at Cascade Christian High School, with this year seemingly even more so. Earlier this month, English students chose a poem off of the Poetry Out Loud approved list and recited it in the classroom. Eighteen students were than chosen by their English teachers to recite the poem before their peers and judges at the school level of the 2016 National Poetry Out Loud competition this past Thursday, February 11. A first, second, and third place winner was decided by the judges, with first place advancing on to the regional competition.  Not only were students judged on accuracy, but also physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and the overall performance.

IMG_5987This year, each and every student presented with great poise and excellence, making it difficult to chose the top three reciters.

“As I experienced these young presenters, I imagined their weeks of process – from each poem’s discovery, selection and exploration, to its repeated and intentional rehearsal. How inspiring to witness the success of such commitment.” Dan Kaufman, Poetry Out Loud Judge

However, choose the judges must, so we are happy to announce that the 2015 Cascade Christian High School Poetry Out Loud winners are:

First Place: Olivia Frakes (12), reciting “The Bad Old Days” by Kenneth Rexroth





Second Place: Megan Kim (11), reciting “Monet Refuses the Operation” by Lisel Mueller






Third Place: Sarah Dombrowsky (11), reciting “Requests for Toy Piano” by Tony Hoagland






“The experience this morning transported me. The students were superb. Oh my, I felt I had won by just hearing them. Thanks to all the fine young people and to the older ones who help them on their way.” Liz Robinson, Poetry Out Loud Judge

We would like to congratulate all of our participants on a job well done.

Marina Croy (10): “What Horror to Awake at Night” by Lorine Niedecker
Wyatt Croy (12): “Saguaro” by Brenda Hillman
Victoria Due (11): “The Cities Inside Us” by Alberto Rios
Maisie Fralich (12): “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer
Asa Hoffman(11): “Death, be not Proud” by John Donne
Nathan Moir (12): “Candles” by Carl Dennis
Cordelia Nelson (10): “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Bronte
Kaitlin Nichols (11): “Candles” by Carl Dennis
Maeve Payne (11): “Refusing Silence” by Tess Gallagher
Stella Sanchez (11): “Song of the Powers” by David Mason
Madi Scott (12): “Corn Maze” by David Barber
Samantha Shelton (11): “Life Cycle of Common Man” by Howard Nemerov
Sara Shelton (12): “Speak” by Phillip B. Williams
Abigail Skelton (12): “Reflections on History in Missouri” by Constance Urdang
Josh Sills (12): “Windigo” by Louise Erdrich