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Poetry Out Loud Competition and Winners

Heritage High School Announces 2022 Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

Heritage High School of Leesburg, VA is proud to announce the winner and runner-up of their 2022 Poetry Out Loud Competition sponsored by the HHS National English Honor Society. Heritage hosted the Poetry Out Loud Competition in December.   These finalists were selected from over 400 students who competed in the local Heritage competition.  These students memorized two poems and demonstrated outstanding recitation skills.   

The winner, Evalynn Bogusz, a 12th grader, will advance to the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition on Saturday, February 4, 2023; it is currently scheduled as a virtual semifinal performance. Ms. Bogusz submitted pre-recorded videos of her recitations earlier this month. Extraordinarily, Ms. Bogusz won the competition during her 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade years. WOW!  Furthermore, Evalynn earned the regional winner title during her 10th grade year! 

Ashnil Dasan, a 9th grader, earned the runner-up title for his remarkable oratory skills. Dasan will prepare for the regional competition if Evalynn is unable to submit her recitations.  

The Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition is a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.  Through the expressive recitation of poems, students bring poems to life utilizing their rich literary tradition of storytelling.  After the performers are judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance, one of the six regional contestants will advance to the Virginia Poetry Out Loud State Finals in March to compete for a spot at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D. C. in May.  For more information, review the Virginia Commision for the Arts Website:

Heritage High School is proud to celebrate these outstanding finalists!  

We are delighted to congratulate these participants at Heritage HS! 

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Poetry Out Loud Participants and Winners