Friday, February 22, 2013
Students from Hood River Valley High School competed in the Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest Thursday in Columbia Center for the Arts’ CAST Theater.
Coming out on top this year were Emmy McPherson, first; Sophia Marble, second; Logan Glass, third; Christopher Dorzab, fourth; and Hannah Hart, fifth.
The judges were Anne Lerch, Phil Brady, Brian Courtney, Luke Webb and Penny Grotting. Keith Harding was the prompter/accuracy judge. Coaches were Gabe Judah and Regena Rafelson.
Local writer Susan Hess dedicated a perpetual plaque, engraved with the names of previous winners, in the memory of Althea Hukari, who passed away Sept. 5, 2012. Hukari was an enthusiastic supporter of the event.
An example of one of the poems read at the event, in this case by Noah Noteboom, is “Momma Said,” by Calvin Ford, reprinted at right.
The winner of the local competion is eligible to compet in the state contest March 16.
Past winners include Duncan Krummel (2012), James Patterson (2011), Patrick Sadil (2009, 2010), Claire Smith (2008) and Lauren Hay (2006, 2007).
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge