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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.

In previous competitions, two Sanford students—Camille Decker '20 and Jordan McMillan '16—won state titles. Jordan also placed third in the 2016 competition.



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