On Thurs., Feb. 24, Haley Sharp, '13, Ally Payne, '14, and Brandi Hall, '14, competed in the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition at the Varsity Center for the Arts in Carbondale.
Payne performed ee cummings, "i carry your heart with me," and Lewis Carroll's, "A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky;" Hall performed, Robert Frost's, "Fire and Ice," and Kay Ryan's, "A Hundred Bolts of Satin;"
Sharp performed Albert Guest's, "On Quitting," and Stephen Crane's, "In the Desert." Other Clay City students in attendance included Shelby May, '11, Mason Spitzner, '13, and Cassie Lee, '14.
Sharp was named first runner-up and will travel to Springfield on March 11 to watch the competition, serve as an alternate in case a competitor is unable to fulfill her duties, attend the honors banquet, and tour the Lincoln Library and Museum. This is the second year that
Clay City has had a representative attend the Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Springfield.
Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Coordinating teacher Michelle Phegley believes strongly that "the arts provide students with a lifelong connection to literature and language. The ability to speak well and to speak publicly is a life skill and a career skill that intimidates the majority of students. For freshmen and sophomores to successfully compete on-stage against juniors and seniors is s feat worthy of recognition."