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Student from Rio Americano high school represents district in regional Poetry Out Loud competition

Students applaud on stage

The Sacramento County Office of Education’s Regional Poetry Out Loud competition was held at Rosemont High School this year on Feb. 6. Twelve high school students competed from districts across the region, including San Juan Unified student, Miryam Leaderman-Bray, from Rio Americano High School. 

The Sacramento Poetry Out Loud competition gives high school students the opportunity to memorize and recite poems of their choice to an audience. The students begin in their English classrooms where they can qualify to enter the school-wide then regional competition. The event is structured much like the National Spelling Bee where participants stand before a microphone, recite their poem, and are immediately scored by a panel of judges. 

While unfortunately Leaderman-Bray did not advance to nationals, she did enjoy her experience competing at the regional level. 

“I had a great experience,” says Leaderman-Bray, “I was not expecting to be competing because I was the runner up for Rio Americano, so I got the notification a few days [before the competition] that I was going to be competing today. I am so glad I get to be here and experience this. I feel like it has given me a lot of experience with speaking in front of people I don’t know and being comfortable in front of a crowd. Also to see all these other teenagers who are doing such great things is just really awesome.”