March 7 2016

BHS Poetry Out Loud Winner Advances from Semi-Finals to State Finals


Burlington’s Poetry Out Loud winner is one step closer to possibly becoming the state champion. 


On Sunday, Burlington High School senior Angel Vargas, who won in the school finals last month, went up against 17 other semifinalists and successfully advanced to the state finals, a blog from BHS Principal Mark Sullivan states. Vargas recited his two selections, Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Spanglish by Tato Laviera


“The state finals are no easy feat - this marks the first time we've had two consecutive years in the state finals since 2010,” Sullivan said. “The competition today was very tough, but Angel's performances were terrific.” 


Vargas will recite his two poems in the Poetry Out Loud state finals on Sunday, March 13, at the Old South Meeting House in Boston. The event is open to the public and starts at 9:30 a.m. 


After the recitations, the judges will select their top six performers, who will recite a third poem to determine the 2016 Massachusetts POL Champion.


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.

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