California Arts Council

State of California

California Poetry Out Loud State Finalists and Additional Information


Published: 03-15-2010

This list details the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals competitors and the poems they have chosen to recite on March 15, 2010, in the state Senate Chambers. The list is compiled in alpha-order by county. The order of recitation will be determined by lottery ("hat draw") on the evening of Sunday, March 14, and the order will be posted on the California Arts Council site by 9:00 pm that evening. All students will recite their first and second poems. Only those students making it to the semi-final round will recite their third poem. Full text of poems may be found at www.poetryoutloud.org.

Also: the National Endowment for the Arts added two criteria to the California State Finals regarding poem selection: 1) one of the poems must be pre-20th century (denoted by *) ; and 2) one of the poems must be 25 lines or shorter (denoted by ^).

Alameda County
School: Oakland Military Institute
Student: Michelle Yeng
Poem 1: Litany by Billy Collins
Poem 2: When I Was Fair and Young by Elizabeth I (*)(^)
Poem 3: A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg
Teacher: Patricia Rexrode

Contra Costa County
School: Deer Valley High School
Student: Cheryl Evans
Poem 1: The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks
Poem 2: On Virtue by Phillis Wheatley (*)(^)
Poem 3: Theme for English B by Langston Hughes
Teacher: Pandora Bethea

El Dorado County
School: South Tahoe High School
Student: David Butler
Poem 1: For the Young Who Want To by Marge Piercy
Poem 2: I am! by John Clare (*)(^)
Poem 3: Memory As a Hearing Aid by Tony Hoagland
Teacher: Bridey Heidel

Fresno County
School: Clovis West High School
Student: Chukwunonso (Nonny) Okwelogu
Poem 1: Insomnia by Dana Gioia (^)
Poem 2: Holy Sonnets: Death, Be Not Proud by John Donne (*)
Poem 3: A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg
Teacher: Kyle Kirkley

Humboldt County
School: Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy
Student: Dillon Arevalo
Poem 1: Chicago by Carl Sandburg
Poem 2: The Children's Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poem 3: Invictus by William Ernest Henley (*)(^)
Teacher: Jay Scrivner

Kings County
School: Hanford West
Student: Cabrilla McGinn
Poem 1: Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee by Emily Jane Bronte
Poem 2: A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General by Jonathan Swift
Poem 3: On Virtue by Phillis Wheatley (*)(^)
Teacher: Carol Goiburn

Lake County
School: Middletown High School
Student: Mellany Watson
Poem 1: Do Not! by Stevie Smith (^)
Poem 2: Sonnet XXIX- When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes by William Shakespeare (*)
Poem 3: Hero by Paul Engle
Teacher: Mr. Hoage

Los Angeles County
School: Millikan High School
Student: Christian Sanchez-Bartz
Poem 1: For the Young Who Want To by Marge Piercy
Poem 2: The People, Yes by Carl Sandburg (^)
Poem 3: I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman (*)
Teacher: Erin Hill

Madera County
School: Yosemite High School
Student: Jazmin Jones
Poem 1: If by Rudyard Kipling (^)
Poem 2: Broken Promises by David Kirby (*)
Poem 3: Amor Mundi by Christina Rossetti
Teacher: Amy Weigel

Marin County
School: Tamalpais High School
Student: Nicholas Sullivan-Friedman
Poem 1: Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley (*)(^)
Poem 2: Dancers Exercising by Amy Clampitt
Poem 3: Meditation at Lagunitas by Robert Hass
Teacher: Harrison Hobart

Mendocino County
School: Mendocino High School
Student: Xochil Goretsky
Poem 1: The Powwow at the End of the World by Sherman Alexie
Poem 2: Caged Bird by Maya Angelou
Poem 3: Introduction to the Songs of Innocence by William Blake (*)(^)
Teacher: Robin Curry

Monterey County
School: Pacific Grove High School
Student: Morgan Brown
Poem 1: In the Basement of the Goodwill Store by Ted Kooser
Poem 2: The Mother by Gwendolyn Brooks
Poem 3: Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar (*)(^)
Teacher: Larry Hagguist

Napa County
School: New Technology High School
Student: Jonathan Costa
Poem 1: It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar Albert Guest (^)
Poem 2: A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (*)
Poem 3: If by Rudyard Kipling
Teacher: Julia Kempkey

Nevada County
School: Ghidotti Early College High School
Student: Victoria (Tori) Jokkel
Poem 1: Dreamers by Siegfried Sassoon (*)
Poem 2: Alone by Edgar Allan Poe (^)
Poem 3: The Gift by Li-Young Lee
Teacher: Mrs. McLean

Placer County
School: Victory High School
Student: Angelique O'Donnell
Poem 1: When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats (*)(^)
Poem 2: The Strength of Fields by James L. Dickey
Poem 3: Medusa by Louise Bogan
Teacher: Mary Abbott

Riverside County
School: Marywood-Palm Valley
Student: Ariel Ochoa
Poem 1: Dona Josefina Counsels Dona Concepcion Before Entering Sears by Maurice Kilwein Guevara (^)
Poem 2: She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron (*)
Poem 3: The Pulley by George Herbert
Teacher: Susie Zachik-Smith

Sacramento County
School: C.K. McClatchy High School
Student: Maya Haines
Poem 1: Hate Poem by Julie Sheehan
Poem 2: Scary Movies by Kim Addonizio
Poem 3: Sonnet from the Portuguese 43: How Do I Love Thee? Let me Count the Ways by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (*)(^)
Teacher: Janet Weeks

San Diego County
School: Valley Center High School
Student: Julia Eccles
Poem 1: Amor Mundi by Christina Rossetti (*)(^)
Poem 2: A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns
Poem 3: The Speakers by Weldon Kees
Teacher: John Ward

San Francisco County
School: San Francisco School of the Arts High School
Student: Maxfield Peterson
Poem 1: O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman (*)(^)
Poem 2: Fire and Ice by Robert Frost
Poem 3: Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15) by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Teachers: Joan Gelfand & Heather Woodard

San Luis Obispo County
School: Mission College Preparatory High School
Student: Catherine Hall
Poem 1: Dona Josefina Counsels Dona Concepcion Before Entering Sears by Maurice Kilwein Guevara (^)
Poem 2: War is Kind ["Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind"] by Stephen Crane (^)
Poem 3: The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada
Teacher: Joannie Hamm

Santa Barbara County
School: Dos Pueblos High School
Student: Kelly Nakashima
Poem 1: Elegy on Toy Piano by Dean Young
Poem 2: Abandoned Farmhouse by Ted Kooser (^)
Poem 3: Thoughtless Cruelty by Charles Lamb (*)
Teacher: Bill Woodard

Santa Cruz County
School: Pacific Coast Charter High School
Student: Adilene Morales
Poem 1: Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (*)(^)
Poem 2: It Couldn't Be Done by Edgar Albert Guest
Poem 3: The Meaning of the Shovel by Martin Espada
Teacher: Bev Bonde

Siskiyou County
School: Mount Shasta High School
Student: Rachel Cooper
Poem 1: The Gift by Lee Young Li
Poem 2: For Love by Robert Creeley
Poem 3: Epilogue by Robert Browning (*)(^)
Teacher: Sue Villareal

Sonoma County
School: Piner High School
Student: Giovanny Espinosa
Poem 1: Dona Josefina Counsels Dona Concepcion Before Entering Sears by Maurice Kilwein Guevara (^)
Poem 2: A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg
Poem 3: Gitanjali 35 by Rabindranath Tagore (*)
Teacher: Sarah Walls

Stanislaus County
School: Modesto High School
Student: Elizabeth Key
Poem 1: The Maldive Shark by Herman Melville (*)(^)
Poem 2: Writing by Howard Nemerov
Poem 3: The Properly Scholarly Attitude by Adelaide Crapsey
Teacher: Lani Johnson

Ventura County
School: Foothill Technology High School
Student: Tammy Li
Poem 1: Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar (*)(^)
Poem 2: Since There is No Escape by Sara Teasdale
Poem 3: Happiness by Jane Kenyon
Teacher: Jennifer Kindred

Yuba-Sutter Counties
School: Lindhurst High School
Student: Ocil Herrejon
Poem 1: Bilingual / Bilingue by Rhina P. Espaillat (^)
Poem 2: On Virtue by Phillis Wheatley (*)
Poem 3: Her Kind by Anne Sexton
Teacher: Michael Zysk




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