Pikeville High School’s 2013 Poetry Out Loud school- wide competition took place on February 6th and may have proven to be the most eventful POL in school history. Fourteen students in grade nine were honored with the chance to perform in front of their teachers and peers after they had already won the poetry competition in their classroom. The competing students were required to memorize two poems to recite and were judged on factors including the articulation, dramatic appropriateness, the poem’s level of difficulty, and evidence of understanding.
While all students did an AMAZING job, only three students could be awarded at the end of the day. Haley Wetzel and Haley Bevins, both sophomores, won second and third place respectively.
Taking top honors was PHS senior Miranda Webb who was awarded the first place prize, a fifty dollar gift card, and a chance to compete at the Kentucky state POL competition for her beautiful recitations of “The Obligation to Be Happy” and “Inside Out”. Along with Webb, all the competitors of POL will come along to cheer her on at the state POL competition on March 15th. When asked about state competition Miranda says she is “really nervous, but grateful for the opportunity.” Michael Stevens, Stephen Clark, Caleb Hall, and Kaitlyn Good also provided entertainment by performing great songs such as Tom Petty’s “Free Falling.”