Sean Lynch, an eleventh grade student from Boyne Falls High School, returned to the grand stage once again to compete in his third consecutive Poetry Out Loud State Championship at Lansing Community College’s Dart Auditorium on Friday March 13.
Sean recited “The Man He Killed” by Thomas Hardy and “The Song of the Powers” by David Mason.
“He certainly woke the audience up,” said Jeff Garver, Sean’s poetry coach and language arts instructor. “When he came out with his first poem, he literally trumpeted it across the auditorium. He was strong with that Thomas Hardy poem, and he definitely woke the audience up with the passion of his recitation. He was thundering.
Sean did a great job in the second round as well, bringing three different voices into his poem.”
The competition, presented in partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.
Thirty-two high school students from across the state participated this year in Michigan’s Poetry Out Loud State Championship.
“Poetry Out Loud has helped shape my high school career and has launched me into areas I would have never anticipated,” Sean said. “The opportunity to speak on stage has improved my confidence and even made me more comfortable speaking in small groups.”
He added, ” I love being involved. It’s just a really great experience.”