Academy of the Holy Names senior Emily Rodriguez won the state-level Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest held in Tallahassee on March 1.
The competition is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Rodriguez performed “The Empty Dance Shoes” by Cornelius Eady, “Memory as a Hearing Aid” by Tony Hoagland and “Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud” by John Donne.
AHN will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books, and Rodriguez received $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Finals on April 29-30.
At the finals, 53 high school students from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will perform for the national title.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with State Arts Agencies of the United States to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.
For more information, visit poetryoutloud.org.
The Academy of the Holy Names is an independent, Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Founded in 1881, the academy is the oldest school in the Tampa Bay area and is located at 3319 Bayshore Blvd.
For more information visit www.holynamestpa.org.