Poetry filled the air at the Barre Opera House Wednesday. Students from 38 Vermont high schools were on hand to participate in the Poetry Out Loud finals. Participants used the works of a number of different poets as part of the recitation competition. Students were quick to share their love of the art form and some pointers for those looking to take on the challenge.
"I just think that poetry is just one of the best art forms because I think aside from music it's the best way to get your emotions across," said Emily Billado, a student at Fair Haven Union High School.
"Repetition, I repeat the poems a lot, I'll write them out, I'll write them with calligraphy actually and that will help me remember each letter of each poem," said Sienna Thiem, a student at Mount Anthony Union High School.
Vermont's winner is Christian Dekett from St. Johnsbury Academy. He will go home with a $200 cash prize and will compete in the national competition this April in Washington, D.C.
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