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JCPS students study great poetry through competition

Students from several Johnston County Public Schools put their poetry knowledge and skills to the test in the district’s Poetry Out Loud and Original Poem competitions.

High school students from Johnston County Early College Academy, West Johnston High, Corinth Holders High, and Smithfield-Selma High took part in the competitions at the A.G. Glenn Building in Smithfield on Jan. 15.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Johnston County Early College Academy student Seth Mabry was the winner of the Poetry Out Loud competition. Other participants in the competition were West Johnston High student Jenny Huynh, Corinth Holders High student Laura Wood, and Smithfield-Selma High student Jenna Baker.

Poetry Out Loud contestants were evaluated on physical presence, voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, dramatic appropriateness, accuracy, and overall performance.

Mabry will compete at the Poetry Out Loud state competition in Greensboro at the Triad Stage on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Poetry Out Loud partners with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.

The Original Poem contest is sponsored by Johnston County Public Schools. Contestants in this portion of the program submitted an original poem for judging and recitation at the competition.

West Johnston High student Alex Johnson was the winner for the Original Poem competition. Other participants included Johnston County Early College Academy student Mia Lopez-Ramos, Corinth Holders High student Steven Clark, and Smithfield-Selma High student Alasa Bethea.

High school students from Johnston County Early College Academy, West Johnston High, Corinth Holders High, and Smithfield-Sel

High school students from Johnston County Early College Academy, West Johnston High, Corinth Holders High, and Smithfield-Selma High took part in the Poetry Out Loud and Original Poetry competitions at the A.G. Glenn Building in Smithfield on Jan. 15. Photographed on the front row (from left) are Smithfield-Selma High student Jenna Baker, Corinth Holders High student Laura Wood, West Johnston High student Jenny Huynh, Johnston County Early College Academy student Mia Lopez-Ramos, Corinth Holders High student Steven Clark, West Johnston High student Alex Johnson, and Poetry Out Loud coordinator and Johnston County Early College Academy teacher Amanda Rowland. Those photographed on the second row (from left) are Johnston County Early College Academy student Seth Mabry and Smithfield-Selma High student Alasa Bethea.

 Johnston County Early College Academy student Seth Mabry was the Poetry Out Loud competition winner.

Johnston County Early College Academy student Seth Mabry was the Poetry Out Loud competition winner.

West Johnston High student Alex Johnson (right) was the Original Poetry competition winner. Standing with Johnson is West Joh

West Johnston High student Alex Johnson (right) was the Original Poetry competition winner. Standing with Johnson is West Johnston High Principal Jennifer Swartz (left).

Four JCPS students participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 15.

Four JCPS students participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 15. Contestants (from left) were West Johnston High student Jenny Huynh, Johnston County Early College Academy student Seth Mabry, Corinth Holders High student Laura Wood, and Smithfield-Selma High student Jenna Baker.

 Four JCPS students competed in the Original Poetry competition on Jan. 15.

Four JCPS students competed in the Original Poetry competition on Jan. 15. Contestants (from left) were Johnston County Early College Academy student Mia Lopez-Ramos, Corinth Holders High student Steven Clark, Smithfield-Selma High student Alasa Bethea, and West Johnston High student Alex Johnson.