February 10 2016
Burlington High Crowns Poetry Out Loud Winner
Burlington has picked a winner to represent the school in the state Poetry out Loud semifinals.
Angel Vargas was crowned the winner after Tuesday’s school finals with his recitation of Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Spanglish by Tato Laviera. Angel will now represent Burlington in the statewide semifinals in Framingham on Sunday, March 6. He will compete against 15-19 other students, 6 of whom will move on to the state finals, which will take place in Boston on March 13.
“This year’s competition was incredibly close, and we also wish to congratulate all of our finalists for their excellent work,” BHS English Department Chair Benjamin Lally said in a blog.
Poetry Out loud is supported by a partnership between The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation with state arts agencies. The contest encourages young Americans to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The program's goal is to help students master public speaking, build self-confidence and to learn about literary heritage.