By Ashley Rader
In this case, regardless of whether there was a rhyme, there was a reason.
Elizabethton High School students faced off in a poetry competition Tuesday afternoon that could lead to a state or national title for one student.
The “Poetry Out Loud” competition, organized by language arts teacher Tamlyn Bernshausen, gave students the opportunity to give their best poem recital performance to the peers. This EHS’ first year for the competition.
Bernshausen said the experience of reciting poetry before a group will help the students improve their public speaking skills and will also help improve their knowledge of literary heritage.
“It is a good experience to learn to speak in public, and to become comfortable with not just what they are saying but how they are saying it,” she said. “It is a great memory and they will have that poem with them for the rest of their life.”
Anna Day was named the school-wide winner and Caleb Bailey was selected as first runner-up. Bernshausen noted their performance scores were only one point apart.
Day, a freshman, said she decided to join the competition because it was a new event.
“I wanted to try something new,” she said.
A small group of students – seven – decided to try their hand at the recital challenge. Bernshausen said two other students had signed up, but were out sick the day of the competition.
“Because it was the first year we were pleased that a handful of students were interested,” she said.
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