Redwood High Student Wins Poetry Out Loud Competition

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Congratulations to Douglas Pardella of Redwood High School, winner of the 2012 Marin County Poetry Out Loud finals, hosted by Youth in Arts this past Saturday, February 11.

2012 Marin County Poetry Out Loud Runner Up Russell Wirth and Winner Douglas Pardella

Douglas was also the Marin winner in 2011, representing the county in last year’s state finals. He will return to Sacramento on March 25-26, where he will recite in the state Senate Chambers, competing for the state title and a chance to participate in the National competition in Washington, DC.
Douglas recited two poems on Saturday, beginning with “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. His second selection was “Candles” by Carl Dennis. He was judged the winner based on a combination of difficulty, accuracy in reciting, physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding the work and overall performance.
Russell Wirth of Tam High finished second and was named the official runner up. Also competing were Clare Brosnan (San Rafael HS), Sophia Ranft (Marin School), Anna Erice (San Marin HS) and Beatrix Berry (Drake HS). Each student was required to win a competition at their school in order to advance to the County finals. Mentor Poets from California Poets in the Schools assisted the students in selecting and preparing poems for the competition.
Poetry Out Loud is a national contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation and state arts agencies, including the California Arts Council. Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Youth in Arts congratulates all the participating students and wishes Douglas the best of luck at the state event!

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