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In Today’s News

March 12, 2019

Joao Victor’s Story

Joao Victor of Lewiston High School shouts with joy after he was named the winner of the Poetry Out Loud state final held at the Waterville Opera House on Monday. Other contestants behind him from left are Emily Campbell of Waterville Senior High School, Hanna Lavenson of Messalonskee High School and Magnolia Vandiver of George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. Morning Sentinel photo by David Leaming

Amy Calder’s article in today’s Waterville Sentinel provides a great overview of the State Poetry Out Loud Finals held yesterday at the Waterville Opera House. The excitement was intense!

FROM THE ARTICLE

Victor was stunned by his win and very happy.

“This is just amazing,” he said in an interview. “I conquered my goal. I achieved my goal.”

Victor recited three poems Monday in the competition’s three rounds: “Songs for the People,” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, “The Light of the Stars,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and “Bright Copper Kettles,” by Vijay Seshadri.

He walked to the stage each time, confident and impeccably dressed in a gray suit and bow tie. He projected to the audience, with whom he made frequent eye contact. He was articulate, enunciated well, used hand gestures, was emotive and spoke powerfully.

Find the entire article at THIS LINK

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