Congratulations to Souhegan High School Poetry Out Loud runner-up, senior Faith Farnham (right), and to Champion, freshman Evmorfia Alton (left). Alton will compete in the NH Regional competition on February 13th at Southern New Hampshire University. Alton recited “For Love” by Robert Creeley, while Farnham recited “Words” by Barbara Guest.
Approximately 500 Souhegan students participated in Souhegan’s Poetry Out Loud this year. Sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts, thousands of students in all 50 states and 40 school districts in New Hampshire participated this year alone.
Alton and Farnham surpassed 15 other SHS Finalists, all of whom competed in a grade-wide Final competition earlier in the week. Students are scored in 6 categories: Physical Presence, Voice and Articulation, Dramatic Appropriateness, Evidence of Understanding, Overall Performance, and Accuracy. The Souhegan English Department runs the Poetry Out Loud program in their classes, culminating in a common performance assessment task in grades 9 and 11 in which students are assessed on literary analysis as well speaking skills.
There’s also a lot of scholarship money on the line. Alton and Farnham have each won a $10,000 scholarship renewable for four years to the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The NH state champion wins a $20,000 scholarship to New England College.