Meredith Omer, an ABRHS sophomore, represented the school in the Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud semi-final competition in Framingham on Saturday March 3. Meredith's recitations of Poe's "Israfel" and Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," landed her in the top five and granted her a spot in the State Finals to be held on March 11 at the Old South Meeting House in Boston.
Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition for high school students. This projects encourages youths to learn about poetry through memorization and performance. Participation helps students master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
On February 7, ABRHS held its school competition. Leading up to this event, 442 students from 20 English classes recited memorized selections in their respective classrooms, and from those numbers, fourteen students competed in the school-wide competition. Determined by a panel of judges, the school winners, in addition to Meredith, were first runner up Jenna Zhang and secnd runner up: Nikhil Manocha, both juniors.