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UCPS District Poetry Out Loud Competition

Alisha Hartley accepts First Place in the UCPS Poetry Out Loud District Competition from Cheryl Nelson, HS English Curriculum Coordinator.

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Central Academy of Technology & Arts, eight UCPS students from three schools, along with teachers, parents, and friends, came together for the District Level Poetry Out Loud Competition.

The eight talented contestants from Central Academy of Technology & Arts, Monroe High School, and Weddington High School represented the top winners at each of their school-level competitions.

The First Place district winner is Alisha Hartley, a senior at Central Academy who recited, “The Blues Don’t Change” by Al Young and “Invitation to Love” by Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Alisha is a senior in Sarah Henry’s Honors English 4 class, and she participates in theatre, NHS, Beta Club, track & field, and many church groups. By winning the district competition, Alisha will be representing Union County Public Schools at the Statewide Poetry Out Loud competition to be held Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Greensboro Public Library, 219 North Church Street, Greensboro, N.C. 27401. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The NC winner will participate in the National Poetry Out Loud competition to be held in Washington, DC, in April.

Second place was awarded to Kelly Manning, also a senior at Central Academy. She recited, “It Couldn’t Be Done” by Edgar Albert Guest and “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. Kelly’s Honors English 4 teacher is Lisa Cable, and she participates in Union Symphony Youth Orchestra, Union County Performance Ensemble, NHS, HOSA, FCA, and JAARS high school youth group.

Poetry Out Loud is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

CATA winners pose with their teachers.

The winning students with their English teachers, l-r Lisa Cable, Kelly Manning, Alisha Hartley, Sarah Henry.


Poetry Out Loud district contestants

Students participating in Poetry Out Loud include (l-r) Roni Rose, CATA; Jamie Krantz, WHS; Alisha Hartley, CATA; Andrew Branca, WHS; Siah Reed, CATA, Sarah Finney, MHS, Kelly Manning, CATA; and Wesley Thompson, WHS.


Written by: Cheryl Nelson, HS English Curriculum Coordinator
Posted: Jan 28, 2014 by Deb Christensen

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