Photo: Joe del Tufo

From a competitive field of 12 Delaware high school students, Samuel McGarvey, a sophomore from Tall Oaks Classical School, earned the title of 2018 Poetry Out Loud Delaware State Champion at the state finals held in Dover, Del. on Feb. 27. The first runner-up was Dounya Ramadan from Newark Charter Jr./Sr. High School and the second runner-up was Richard Matthews from Dover High School.

McGarvey’s final recitation, I Remember, I Remember by Thomas Hood, earned him high marks with the judges. The full poem can be found on the Poetry Foundation’s website.

For his winning presentation, McGarvey will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington with a chaperone to compete at the national championship on April 23-25. Tall Oaks Classical School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. Dounya Ramadan, the first runner-up will receive $100, and Newark Charter Jr./Sr. High School will receive $200 for its school library.

The Poetry Out Loud state competition, sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

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2018 Poetry Out Loud – Participating Students and High Schools

Back Row: Andrew Dingwall, Melina Hudson, Dounya Ramadan, Avery Chambers, Matthew Byer, Tyler Keeler Front Row: Chelsea Anokye-Agyei, Julian Clark, Giovani Malcolm, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Richard Matthews, Whitney Grinnage-Cassidy, Samuel McGarvey. Photo: Joe del Tufo

Delaware State Competition, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., Dover High School, Dover, Delaware

Caravel Academy
Concord High School
Dover High School
Hodgson Vo-Tech High School
Laurel High School
Middletown High School

Milford Senior High School
Newark Charter Jr./Sr. High School
Tall Oaks Classical School
Ursuline Academy
Wilmington Christian School
Wilmington Friends School

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