Student poets shine at LFMS

Posted 12/10/17

Student poets shine at LFMSMore than 25 student poets and presenters lit up the stage at Lake Forest Middle School in November, during the Fifth Annual Edgar Allan Poetry night.   This …

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Student poets shine at LFMS


Student poets shine at LFMS

More than 25 student poets and presenters lit up the stage at Lake Forest Middle School in November, during the Fifth Annual Edgar Allan Poetry night.   

This anticipated event started a few months earlier as part of the language arts curriculum.  In class, all students either presented a classic poem or an original poem, and then two to four students were selected from each academic team to participate in the poetry night.  A panel of three judges – Sheryl Chai (former LFMS teacher), Wanda Dent (retired Cleveland High School teacher), and Carissa Sapp (LFMS assistant principal) – scored the student performances based on criteria such as body language, facial expression, memorization, and difficulty of content.  

“This event is one of my favorite nights of the year,” said Sapp. “I love watching our students showcase and be recognized for their literary talents.”

The sixth-grade winners were Emily Bingham (First Place) and Christian Phillips (Second) for performance and Aiden Amos (First Place) and Hank Adams (Second) for original poetry.

In seventh grade, Noah Talley and Gabe Milliron earned First and Second Place, respectively, for poetry performance, while Chandler Mills (First Place) and Roland Weatherford (Second) were honored for their original poems.

Finally, in eighth grade, Minnie Brock received First Place for performance and Baylee Ables earned Second Place.  The eighth-grade original poets were Emma Grace Geren (First Place) and Elyse Tingler (Second).  

During the evening in front of more than 100 family members and faculty members, the students presented challenging poems written by famous poets such as William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, and William Wordsworth.  The original poetry ranged from humorous anecdotes  to family tributes to life lessons. Throughout the process,  all students at LFMS  gained experience in public speaking, poetry interpretation and writing.

Lake Forest Middle School, located at 610 Kile Lake Road, has approximately 1,100 students in grades six through eight.


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