Paul Cuffee Upperclassman Places in State-wide Poetry Out Loud Contest

11th Grader, Jeffrey Rosario, won second place in the 9th Annual Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the RI State Council on the Arts and VSA arts RI. One of 11 students competing from across the state, Jeffrey advanced to the final round after reciting Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago” and Emily Dickinson’s “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” in earlier rounds. One of five finalists, Jeffrey finished his performance with Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” thus clinching 2nd place and an award of $100 for himself and $200 for the school library for poetry books.

Video:  Jeffrey Rosario’s impassioned recitation of Langston Hughes’ “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” won him 2nd place in the Poetry Out Loud competition.

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