Dougherty Named Runner-Up in Poetry Out Loud Competition
Sanford senior Lia Dougherty has earned the title first runner-up in the 2021 Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition in Delaware. Lia recited three poems during the event: "to the notebook kid" by Eve L. Ewing, "The Cave" by Paul Tran, and "Early Affection" by George Moses Horton. For her accomplishment, Lia will receive $100 and Sanford will receive a stipend to purchase poetry books.
Every year, Sanford students participate in the nationwide POL program, which encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition. The competition begins at the classroom level, with the winner advancing to a school-wide competition, and then moving on to a state competition. The winner of the statewide competition competes in POL's National Finals in Washington, DC.
This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 POL program was implemented virtually, with one-on-one coaching and closed adjudication sessions. Students practiced at home and videotaped their recitation for remote adjudication by a panel of judges, selected for their background in literature, poetry, and theater.