SPARTA, NJ-Sparta High school had their Poetry Out loud competition on Monday, December 16. Poetry Out Loud is a national program providing resources for student participant created by the Arts Endowment and the Poetry Foundation. For nine years Poetry Out Loud has sought "to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry ‐ recitation and performance."
There were a total of seven contestants with each contestant presented two poems that they picked from a list of over 100 poems.
- Aimee Buchanan recited "Sugar Dada" and "The Idler"
- Madison Colaco recited "Thoughtless Cruelty" and "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"
- Bridget Den Boer recited "What to Say Upon Being Asked to be Friends" and "Tall Ambrosia"
- Bridget Higdon recited "Fire and Ice" and "Hope is a Thing with Feathers"
- Drew Muzzo recited "Alone" and "Invictus"
- Connor Nelms recited "Ode on Solitude" and "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"
- Rebecca Senatore recited "Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun" and "Time Does Not Bring Relief"
The panel of judges were Kate Brennan, Corrine Healy, Mary Ann Hyland, Danielle Kopp, Victoria Reed and Carol Scheese.
Rebecca Senatore won the competition with her presentation of “Ah! Why Because the Dazzling Son” by Emily Bronte and “Time Does Not Bring Relief: You all have lied” by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Senatore will advance to the regional competition at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown. From there finalists can advance to State and potentially National Finals in Washington, DC.