Memorial Junior HS Students Celebrate the Art of Poetry

Memorial Junior High School Poetry Club in the Valley Stream Central High School District hosted a Word Up Poetry Slam/Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest, a two-part event, on Jan. 24.

During the Word Up Poetry Slam, a handful of students took to the microphone to share their original poems with students, parents and faculty.  

Students also participated in the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest, a competition that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation.

Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in 2006 and has grown to involve millions of students across the country. The program helps students in grades nine through 12 develop their public speaking skills as well as their self-confidence. Individual school winners advance to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, D.C.

Ninth-grade student Nwaoji Joseph won the school contest for his recitation of “Black Boys Play the Classics” by Tio Demicotte, and will advance to the next stage of the competition.

The club also held an eighth-grade contest. Though she will not advance in the competition, Jeanine Nwade was named the school’s eighth-grade winner for her recitation of “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou.