By HANNAH SIEVERT
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
Poems were brought to life through performance Wednesday night at Redmond High School’s Poetry Out Loud competition.
More than twenty nominated students presented two memorized poems of their choice to an audience and a panel of judges.
Some students chose poems based on admiration for the authors, while other chose poems they can relate to. Presenters were judged on expression in delivery and memorization.
“I practiced a lot to memorize my lines,” senior Ariel Aylsworth said. “I tried to really feel the poem, embrace the poem for what it is.”
The first-place winner of the competition, sophomore Alacia Arnold, will go on to the state competition in the spring.
The Oregon state champion will go on to Poetry Out Loud nationals in Washington D.C. to compete for $50,000 in awards and scholarships.