Performing in front of a packed house in CHS room 116 on January 23rd, Magnet sophomore Joey Stanley wowed the judges with his soulful interpretation of The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, winning the 2019 CHS Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition. Congratulations, Joey, as well as to all the other contestants and the six school competition finalists, including two other MST sophomores, Tyler Stanley and Kate Staddon! Bravo!
In order to advance to the school competition, he and the almost 30 other students first had to qualify in their respective English class competitions. By virtue of winning the school competition, Mr. Stanley would have advanced to the regional competition, held last week on January 24th at the ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA., but since he was unable to attend the regional competition, this year’s runner up, Bailey Grubbs, had the honor of representing CHS at this event. Congrats, Bailey! And thank you for your awesome interpretation of Marge Piercy’s To have without holding.
On a historical note, this marks the 12th anniversary of CHS involvement in this national recitation/interpretation contest. We estimate that approximately 475 CHS students have participated in the school competition, not to mention 2000+ students in the various classroom competitions held at CHS over the last 12 years. Long live the spoken word!