Kendall Grimes ‘22 Advances to Poetry Out Loud National Finals
Junior Kendall Grimes advanced to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on Sunday, May 2.
Going into the weekend, Kendall was one of 55 semifinalists -- from a competitor pool from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and four U.S. territories -- whose poetry recitations were reviewed and scored by judges with expertise in poetry, performance, and the literary arts. She is now one of only nine finalists to make it to the national finals, which will be live-streamed on May 27 at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud
In addition to advancing to the finals, the organization awarded Kendall $1,000, BGA $500, and $500 to Kendall’s Poetry Out Loud coach Leah Handelsman, BGA’s Middle and Upper School English Department Chair and Upper School English Teacher.
Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom/school or at the local level with an area organization. Students memorize and recite poems they select from an anthology of more than 1,100 classic and contemporary poems. Winners then may advance to a regional and/or state competition and ultimately to the national finals. Since the program began in 2005, more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations across the nation have participated in Poetry Out Loud.