An Outstanding Recitation and Performance of “The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allen Poe and “Across the Street” by Austin Segrest
ELK GROVE, Calif. – February 15, 2022 – Samantha Albiani, a student at Elk Grove High School, took first place at the 2022 Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud Competition, which was held virtually this year. Albiani impressed judges with her readings of “The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allen Poe and “Across the Street” by Austin Segrest. “I’m extremely grateful to have been exposed to the variety of poems and presentations given,” says Albiani. “I’ve also enjoyed learning a new form of self-expression and seeing others participate.” Albiani was selected over six competitors and earned the right to represent Sacramento County in the virtual state finals, which will take place on March 11-16.
Superintendent Christopher R. Hoffman proudly noted, “Seeing students perform and engage in activities they love is energizing and inspiring. These competitions keep our students connected and it gives them the opportunity to share their passion with each other. It’s wonderful! Congratulations to all of the Poetry Out Loud participants this year and I look forward to hearing about the results in the next round.”
The Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The program provides students with the opportunity to perform poetry in English classes. Modeled like the National Spelling Bee, the Poetry Out Loud program began in local high school classrooms, with winners advancing to school-wide, then regional competitions.
Sacramento County’s Poetry Out Loud program is supported by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), California Poets in the Schools, and the Poetry Foundation. This activity is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 60 career-themed academies and pathways within 13 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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