Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
This poem stinks
But the students who took part in the Poetry Out Loud competition at Wilton High School are champions through and through!

Clearly, the poems recited by the students who took part in the annual poetry recitation competition were of much higher difficulty and caliber. Last week, nine Wilton High School students took the Little Theater stage as finalists in the competition to recite their chosen poems as part of the national contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

The winner of the competition was senior Julia Rothstein, who will represent Wilton at the state competition in Hartford in March. Winners from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will move on to the national Poetry Out Loud finals at George Washington University at the end of April.

Nicholas Furst placed second and Sara Schneidman was awarded third. The other finalists were Melissa Arenas, Sinead Roche, Hayley Sayewitz, Lily MikitaSolomon Wozniak, and Benjamin Grass.

English teacher James Sheridan said that the performances were magical. “The students put on a spellbinding performance, delivering sophisticated poetry with such skill that it grabbed the attention of an entire theater full of teenagers. Witchcraft!”

Below is winner Julia Rothstein performing two poems–the first is “Sorrow Is Not My Name” by Ross Gay; the second is “It was not Death, for I Stood Up” by Emily Dickinson.