(Englewood, NJ—February 8, 2016) Aaleah Oliver, a resident of Secaucus, who won the 2016 Poetry Out Loud school-wide competition, represented High Tech High School at the Poetry Out Loud Region 6 Competition, announced Dr. Joseph Giammarella, Principal of High Tech High School.
Oliver competed against students from all across Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties. She recited Frank Marshall Davis’s “Four Glimpses of Night,” “Light Shining out of Darkness” by William Cowper, and “anyone lived in a pretty how town” by e.e. cummings, the same poems that she had recited in the school-wide competition held at High Tech.
“Although Aaleah didn’t advance to the final round,” says Joan Marie Bellotti, veteran High Tech moderator for the competition, “her performance was exemplary and we are all very proud of her.”
In addition to Oliver, six other students competed in the High Tech school-wide competition: Daniel Ibraham of Bayonne; Kearny resident Jillian Boyle; Sarah Bacha, Diana Concepcion, and Jose De Jesus of North Bergen; and Union City resident Emily Fung.
This year marks the 11th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud. For further information on this terrific contest, please go to www.poetryout loud.org.