This morning, in Framingham, Angel Vargas (Class of 2016) was selected to move on to the state finals for the 2016 Poetry Out Loud competition, based on his excellent recitations of Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Spanglish by Tato Laviera. After this weekend, there will be only around 25 students remaining in the Massachusetts competition, out of the 20,000+ who participated this year statewide. For the past 6 years, Massachusetts has been one of the top 5 states in the country in how many students participate statewide in the competition, so already Angel has put himself in elite territory, as he now rests in the 99.9th percentile in one of the top POL states in the country.
The competition in Framingham was top notch – there were many stellar performers who were not selected to advance this year.
On Sunday, March 17, Angel will present his poems in the Old South Meeting House in Boston, and will compete for the state championship. If he makes it into the top six in the state, he will also recite the absurdly funny poem Football by Louis Jenkins. The event is free to the public.
Good luck to Angel as he prepares for the finals, and congratulations!! Buen hecho!