Performing in front of a packed house in CHS rooms 706 and 710 on January 22nd, students from several CHS English classrooms convened to recite poetry in our 2020 CHS Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition. CHS senior Bailey Grubbs took top honors with an awesome interpretation of Jimmy Santiago Baca’s I Am Offering this Poem. Magnet sophomore Nathan Sutherland was close on her heels with his soulful interpretation of Caged Bird, by Maya Angelou, which earned him runner up honors. Congratulations, Bailey and Nathan, as well as to all the other contestants and the six school competition finalists, including two other MST students, sophomore Emily Elwell and freshman Aiden Stewart! Bravo!
In order to advance to the CHS school competition, Bailey, Nathan, and the almost 20 other students participating first had to qualify in their respective English class competitions. By virtue of winning the school competition, Ms. Grubbs advanced to the regional competition, held last night, January 22nd, at the ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA.
On a historical note, this marks the 13th anniversary of CHS involvement in this national recitation/interpretation contest. We estimate that approximately 500 CHS students have participated in the school competition, not to mention 2500+ students in the various classroom competitions held at CHS over the last 13 years. Long live the spoken word!