By McKenzi Johnson & Christina Taylor:
The Poetry Out Loud competition took place in the beginning of January. Galilea Villasenor won first place, Abigail Hamon won second and Jacob Tallamy was runner-up. Galilea will advance to states in March, where she will compete against several other schools.
She read two poems, “Spanglish” by Tato Laviera and “Self Inquiry From the Job Interview” by Gary Soto. When asked about “Spanglish,” Galilea said, “It’s such a cool poem because it’s bilingual, combining Spanish and English. I relate to it because it’s both of my languages.”
“For anybody wanting to do Poetry Out Loud, you should go for it,” Gal says. It is a nerve-wracking experience, but a lot of fun. It also brings you out of your comfort zone.
“The competition was really close between the finalists,” Mrs. McClung said. “All of the students did very well.“
Galilea decided to do Poetry Out Loud because she wanted to win this year after participating in the competition through Mrs. McClung’s Pre-AP Literature class last year. She tells us her sister influenced her interests in books and literature, as well as Mrs. McClung. “Mrs. McClung made it really fun, and made me want to keep going with poetry. I appreciate her for that.”