UPDATE: Molly '19 takes second at county Poetry Out Loud contest
UPDATE: Molly '19 takes second at county Poetry Out Loud contest

Molly Gilbert '19 came in second at the Monterey County Poetry Out Loud contest on February 10.

"Being able to perform for my peers and represent my school in a county-wide competition was both exhilarating and a huge honor," she says. "I would absolutely love to take on the challenge again."

Molly recited the same two poems as she performed at Santa Catalina's contest, and prepared On the Death of Anne Bronte by Charlotte Bronte as a backup. She went up against students from Alisal High and Pacific Grove High schools. As the second-place winner, she would replace the county's champion in the state competition if that person were unable to attend.

You can watch her performances here at the 24:55 and 33:08 marks.

Here is the original article, published on January 26:

Molly Gilbert '19 won Santa Catalina's Poetry Out Loud competition and will advance to the county contest on February 10.

Four students competed in the school competition: Molly; Rachel D'Agui '18, who earned runner-up status; Clio Feng '19; and Ashley Liu '21. They each recited, from memory, two poems they had selected from an anthology of more than 900 poems. They were scored by a panel of three judges, who looked at criteria such as voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy.

Here are the poems they recited from the stage in the Performing Arts Center:

Rachel D'Agui '18
Rain of Statues by Sarah Lindsay
Reverie in Open Air by Rita Dove

Clio Feng '19
"Hope" is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson
The Star by Ann Taylor and Jane Taylor

Molly Gilbert '19
Invictus by William Ernest Henley
The Daring One by Edwin Markham

Ashley Liu '21
Lines Written in Early Spring by William Wordsworth
Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of poetry through competitions at high schools across the country.

Molly will compete in the Monterey County contest held 1:00-2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 10, at the Soper Community Center in Seaside. The winner of this competition will advance to state and then to the national finals in Washington, DC, on April 24–25, 2018.

Catalina's contest, overseen by English teacher Dr. Gerry Kapolka, was held in partnership with the Arts Council for Monterey County on January 26.

Watch excerpts from the competition below.

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