Douglas students compete Saturday |

Douglas students compete Saturday

by Caryn
Published Caption: Shannon Litz

As long as Allison Meyer remembers her lines during the Poetry Out Loud competition Saturday she feels confident she will do well.The Carson Valley Middle School student is one of a dozen students competing in the district contest 5:30 p.m. at 88 Cups & More in Minden.“It sounded like it would be really fun, and a new thing to try,” the 14-year-old said. “It will be nerve-wracking and I might get a little stage fright, but I feel comfortable with the poems.”The competition, presented in partnership with 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 through memorization, performance, and competition. “This is going to be the best year ever,” CVMS teacher Susan Van Doren said. “It’s great to see what our young people are capable of. What they can do with their minds is amazing and inspiring. It’s my favorite night of the year.” For the competition, students must memorize two poems and recite them. They are judged on oral interpretation, physical presence, voice and articulation, level of difficulty and evidence of understanding.“I love poetry. I think it’s an art form we need to keep alive,” Van Doren said. “To have these kids carrying their poems around in their heads is a great thing. It’s not a skill everybody has.” Grace Gautereaux, 14, said her experience with speech and debate helped prepare her for the contest.“I think I have a high chance of doing well in the competition because I’m experienced in presenting poetry and interpretation. I’m pretty confident when I’m performing. I don’t think about the audience,” she said. “My poems seem simple, but they have a deeper meaning behind them. They stood out to me when I was looking at them, and they felt right when I read them.”Sabrina Kluvers chose her poems “These Poems She Said” and “Listening” because she could relate to them.“One of them ties into my life, and the other one the words made sense to me in a weird way,” the 14-year-old said. “I think I might do OK, but I might not because I’ve never really done something like this before.”The winner of this competition will advance to the State Poetry Out Loud contest in Reno in March. The state champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded.Admission is free and open to the public.For more information, visit• Jocelyn Contreras (DHS junior) “Abandoned Farmhouse” by Ted Kooser “Broken Promises” by David Kirby • Allison Meyer (CVMS freshman) “Clothespins” by Stuart Dybeck “Numbers” by Mary Cornish• Hannah Carne (CVMS freshman) “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe “Let it be Forgotten” by Sara Teasdale• Katelin Teigen (DHS junior) “Without Regret” by Eleanor Wilner “And Soul” By Eavan Boland• Coral Gramelspacher (CVMS freshman) “The Arrow and the Song” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “Ego” by Denise Duhamel• Vanessa Blackwell (CVMS freshman) “Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Wilfred Owen “Echo” by Christina Rosetti• Kathryn Boatwright (DHS sophomore) “Echo” by Christina Rosetti “A Thousand Martyrs” by Aphra Behn• Zoe Maalouf (CVMS freshman) “A New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus “In a Dark Time” by Theodore Roethke• Grace Gautereaux (CVMS freshman) “Ego” by Denise Duhamel “Life in a Love” by Robert Browning•Dominique Groffman (DHS sophomore) “Windows” by Linda Bierds “I’m a Fool to Love You” by Cornelius Eady• Breanna Taylor (CVMS freshman) “The Hospital Window” by James Dickey “The Song of the Powers” by David Mason• Sabrina Kluvers (CVMS freshman) “These Poems She Said” by Robert Bringhurst “Listening” by Jean ValentineIF YOU GOWhat: Poetry Out LoudWhen: 5:30 p.m. SaturdayWhere: 88 Cups & More, MindenInfo: Susan Van Doren, 782-2265