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Middle Schoolers wax poetic in annual Ars Poetica Assembly

Nicole Arca
The Upper Campus held its third annual Ars Poetica Competition, in which several students present their interpretations of classic poems. Read on to view the list of winners and participants!


In the third annual Ars Poetica Competition, several Middle School students shared the art of poetry with their peers. The students were judged based on their performance, interpretation, clarity, and understanding of the text. The competition is held as close to William Shakespeare's birthday (April 23rd) as possible.

The judges formed quite a distinctive panel - it comprised of Head of School Jim Skrumbis, Performing Arts and English teacher Eric Schrode, Journalism and Publications advisor, Susan Turner Jones, English instructor Noah Salamon, Visual Arts teacher Mikael Romano, and Music and Performing Arts instructor Susan Brindley.

This year's winners are:

First Place: Rayan Ansari
Second Place: George Khouri
Third Place: Grace Prabhu
People's Choice Award*: Jolie Waddles and Emily Chong
 
*The People's Choice Award winner is chosen by the students, who vote using the phones.

And here are the participants of this year's Ars Poetica Competition:
 
1. George Khouri, “Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888” by Ernest Thayer
 
2. Kyle Okui, “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” by Christopher Marlowe
 
3. Sravani Khanal, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
 
4. Eugene Reicher, excerpt from “Swan Lake” by Pablo Neruda
 
5. Jada Cook, “The City in the Sea” by Edgar Allan Poe
 
6. Matthew Lerman, “The Man he Killed” by Thomas Hardy
 
7. Grace Prabhu, “Equality” by Maya Angelou
 
8. Rayan Ansari, “Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

9. Lucky Kyles, “The Boy Died in My Alley” by Gwendolyn Brooks
 
10. Jolie Waddles and Emily Chong, “Television” by Roald Dahl
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