For the second consecutive year, Desiree DeMelfi, a senior at William Floyd High School, finished in first place in the recent schoolwide “Poetry Out Loud” competition, which encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation as they master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about how poetry can enrich their lives.
The event, presented in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry – both classic and contemporary – through memorization, performance and competition.
Desiree and the competition’s runner-up, sophomore Saniyyah Pitner, will have the honor of representing William Floyd at the Long Island Regional “Poetry Out Loud” competition scheduled for February 4 at Stony Brook University. The winner of this competition will then represent Long Island in the state finals in upstate Syracuse, NY, on March 8.
Special thanks to contest coordinator Viveca Nargi and judges Principal Philip Scotto, teachers Mike Devenney and Francesca Sparacio and librarian Stacy Redmond, who evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding and accuracy.