Bartolome Stands out at Poetry Out Loud State Competition

Eleventh grade Kohala High student Gabrielle Bartolome earned a berth at the Hawaii State Finals of the 10th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition that was held at Tenney Theatre, Cathedral of St. Andrew, on Sunday, February 22nd. Bartolome was the highest ranked recital performance in Ms Fern White’s Advanced Placement English class. White and Miss Miriah Petruzzi, who teaches 10th grade English at Kohala, both coached Bartolome in her practice sessions and accompanied Bartolome to the state finals.
Bartolome, along with 13 others, recited their selections from memory. Each participant had to recite in round one, then a second different poem in round 2. Scores were tallied. Judges included newscasters, journalists and drama coaches. Only three students advance to the third and final round! Bartolome, the only female to advance in this year’s competition, placed third overall in the state! Congratulations Gabrielle Bartolome for your brave dedication to excellence and effort! Way to make Kohala Proud!
Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level, advances to a school-wide competition, then to state competitions and ultimately to the National Finals. Poetry Out Loud awards over $100,000 in prizes to students and schools at the state and national levels. Information may be found at these two websites: Poetry Out Loud Hawaii website; National Website