Carson Valley Middle School student Jordan Sullivan couldn't stop giggling when she heard her name called as the district's Poetry Out Loud winner Saturday night.
Out of 13 participants the 14-year-old took first place with her recitation of the poems, "Here," by Joshua Mehigan and "Glass," by A.R. Ammons. She will be moving on to the state competition in Reno on March 24.
"I was pretty giddy and ecstatic. I was so surprised," Jordan said. "I honestly didn't expect to win. I just thought I'd do my best and see what came of it."
This was Jordan's first time entering the competition, and credits her acting experience for helping her on stage at 88 Cups & More.
"If you can get into your character it helps you not to be nervous. I know I felt pretty natural doing it and pretty comfortable," she said. "The key to reciting poetry is first you have to memorize it. After that you can start making sure you really understand it so you can convey it in the way you say things."
Jordan's mother, Chris, is proud of her daughter's new-found talent.
"I was stunned and delighted. The first time I heard her share the poems with me I was extremely impressed," Chris said. "I hadn't heard her recite poetry before now."
Jordan is working with her English teacher to decide what she will recite at the state competition.
"I want to congratulate all the other winners and the people who didn't win," Jordan said. "Everybody did a great job."
Katelin Teigan from Douglas High School took second place and Dominique Groffman from Carson Valley Middle School won third.
Poetry Out Loud participants