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Heritage Poetry Out Loud Winners


Heritage High School recently announced the winner and runner-up of its 2021-22 Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the English Honor Society.

The winner, junior Evalynn Bogusz, will advance to the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition on February 12, 2022. This is currently scheduled as a  hybrid performance: Ms. Bogusz submitted pre-recorded videos of her recitations. Bogusz also won the competition during her freshman and sophomore years and was a regional winner during last year’s competition.

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.

Freshman Hannah Goldberg earned the Heritage High School runner-up title for her remarkable oratory skills.  Goldberg will prepare for the regional competition if Bogusz is unable to compete.  

The finalists who competed to be the Heritage High School Poetry Out Loud competition included freshmen Avery Fournier, Diego Durand Lopez, Genny O'Neill, Grace Posid, Hadley Jones, Goldberg, Hatcher Gardner, Myah Gross, Timothy Andryeyeshyn and Trent Chemezov; sophomores Pamela Dogbe-Semanou and Zoe Korff; and juniors Bogusz and Iris Small.

The finalists  were selected from more than 700 students who took part in a schoolwide competition.  These students memorized two poems and demonstrated outstanding recitation skills.   

The Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition is a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.  Performers are judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding and overall performance.





Published January 4, 2022