Hannah Glavin, Wilmington Christian School Photography by Kathleen Buckalew
Hannah Glavin, Wilmington Christian School Photography by Kathleen Buckalew

Hannah Glavin, a sophomore from Wilmington Christian School, won Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud state competition on March 10, 2011, held at the Smyrna Opera House in Smryna. Reciting “I Think I Should Have Loved You Presently,” by Edna St. Vincent; “A Psalm of Life,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; and “A Noiseless Patient Spider,” by Walt Whitman. She received the top scores from the judges for her ability to convey the meaning of her selected poems. The second place winner was Alexandria Smith from Seaford High School, and the third place winner was Ian Painstil from Red Lion Christian Academy.

Hannah’s English teacher, Elle Straley, required the entire school to participate in the Poetry Out Loud program at the school level—and Hannah is grateful for the experience, commenting “I’ve learned how to express my thoughts through the spoken word better from having to understand the meaning behind poems. People should look more deeply into poems-you can discover so much more about a poem and the author if you keep reading it and take the time to understand it. This experience has been a lot of fun, it’s like acting out a role in a play, but you are the actor portraying the poem.”

For her winning presentation, Hannah receives $200 and an all-expenses paid trip with a chaperone to Washington, DC to compete for the national championship on April 27-29, 2011. Wilmington Christian School receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The second place finalist, Alexandria Smith, will receive $100, with $200 for Seaford High School’s library. At the National Finals, The Poetry Foundation will be awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

2011 Poetry Out Loud – Participating Students and High Schools

2011 Poetry Out Loud Participants
Seated left to right: Allison Halt – Padua Academy; Ian Painstil – Red Lion Christian School; Alexandria Smith – Seaford High School; Laura Engle – Christiana High School; Gabrielle Green – Dover High School; Hannah Glavin – Wilmington Christian School; In the foreground: Delaware State Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit

Delaware State Competition, Tuesday, March 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna, Delaware

Christiana High School

Dover High School

Padua Academy

Red Lion Christian Academy

 Seaford High School

Wilmington Christian School

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