Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that begins on a school-wide level all across the country.  Competitors will memorize, prepare, and perform recitations of well-known poems for a panel of judges.  The winner from each school progresses to the regional competition, the state-wide competition, and ultimately the national competition featuring representatives from every state in Washington, D.C. (online for 2021)
    Email TaraCivitillo@dvrhs.org by Wednesday, Dec. 23 to let me know you are competing.
    Email your videos (2 poems) NO LATER THAN Monday, January 11th to TaraCivitillo@dvrhs.org


    RULES: Contestants will need to memorize and perform TWO (2) poems in the competition from the approved eligible poems list.
    Judging will be based on the Poetry Out Loud tips/criteria and scoring rubric.
    National Poetry Out Loud Website: http://www.poetryoutloud.org
    Info on NJ's POL: https://www.njpol.org
    How to film a POL recitation
    Filming requirements:
    • Film with a horizontal orientation.
    • Face the camera so it captures your head to mid-torso (medium shot).
    • Each recitation should be filmed in one single shot from one static angle.
    • The sound and picture must be clear.
    • Videos cannot be edited. Do not add music, graphics, titles, virtual backgrounds, or computer animation.
    • Use of professional recording studios is prohibited.
    • For video submission contests, each recitation requires its own separate video.
    • Stand in front of a neutral background, if possible. Try to avoid wearing clothing in similar colors to the background.
    • Do not place light sources behind you to avoid being backlit.
    • Students may look directly into the camera, at a fixed spot, or at an imagined audience.
    • Make sure you are the only visible and audible person in the video.
    • Use a microphone, if possible. If the microphone is on the camera, position the camera close to you.
    • Start recording a few seconds before the recitation and stop recording a few seconds after the end.
    • For video submission contests, check with the contest organizer if there are file size limits to videos and if there is a preferred naming convention to save your videos.
    • Examples of student filmed POL recitations can be found on the POL YouTube page.
    Reminder – Recitation Requirements:
    • Students must begin by stating the title of the poem and the poet’s name, and the translator, if applicable.
    • A student’s own editorial comments before or after the poem are not allowed.
    • Poems must be recited from memory.

    Previous School-Wide Competition Winners:

    2021- You?
    2020- No competitor
    2019- Samantha Ruby
    2018 - Rachel Baransky
    2017 - Rachel Baransky
    2016 - Lara Watrous
     2015 - Kaya Cousin
    2014 - Serena Columbro 
    Click HERE 2019 NJ Poetry Out Loud National Champion, Isabella Callery, recite "Thoughtless Cruelty" by Charles Lamb.