Poets Laureate and Hall of Fame

The following students have stood out for their excellence, their consistency or both.

BHS Poets Laureate (followed by their selected poems)

2017 – Gati Aher
Sonnet 1 by Sir Philip Spencer
To Live With a Landscape by Constance Urdang

2016 – Angel Vargas*
Oxymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Spanglish by Tato Laviera

2015 – Ashwini Kulkarni*
Life Cycle of Common Man by Howard Nemerov
Zacuanpapalotls by Brenda Cardenas

2014 – Pranav Menon
Ode to the Midwest by Kevin Young
The Way It Sometimes Is by Henry Taylor

2013 – Allie Hardy*
Sweetness by Stephen Dunne
These Poems, She Said
 by Robert Bringhurst

2012 – Pranav Menon
The Unknown Citizen
by W. H. Auden
Two Guitars
by Victor Hernandez Cruz

2011 – Zaven Ovian
A Dream Within a Dream
by Edgar Allan Poe
Scary Movies
by Kim Addonizio

2010 – David Murray*
Prologue
by Robert Browning
Litany
by Billy Collins

2009 – David Murray*
Madmen
by Billy Collins
Sonnet CXVI
by William Shakespeare

2008 – Briana Bensenouci* 
Revenge
by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Litany
by Billy Collins

2007 – Zach Davis*
The Redeemer
by Sigfried Sassoon
Alabanza: In Praise of Local 100
by Martin Espada

* = Advanced to Massachusetts State Finals

Runners-Up, According to Year

2017 – Julianna Grossman
2016 – Shannon Carey
2015 – Rachel Seeley
2014 – Kylie Scott
2013 – Pranav Menon
2012 – Zaven Ovian
2011 – Melanie Canales
2010 – Eric Leva
2009 – Deepjyoti Deb
2008 – Wendy Simon-Pearson
2007 – Linda Costa

Third Place, According to Year

2017 – Neil Bhammar & Jenny L’Heureux (tie)
2016 – Gabby Goulette
2015 – Michaela Mazure
2014 – Michael Seleman & Timmy Sullivan (tie)
2013 – Holly Brouillette
2012 – Marissa Coté & Emily Martin (tie)
2011 – Ashley Brouilette
2010 – Chelsea Rose
2009 – Jenna Burke & Abigail Sherburne (tie)
2008 – Chelsea Rose
2007 – Dani Swain


Other Poetry Out Loud All-Stars
recent additions to this list are in italics

Three Top-Three Performances in the Finals

Pranav Menon (’12, ’13, ’14 – BHS Champion in 2012, 2014, BHS Runner-Up in 2013)

Three-Time Finalists

Chelsea Rose (’07, ’08, ’10)

Two-Time Finalists

Melanie Canales (’10, ’11)
Shannon Carey (’15, ’16)
Marissa Coté (’11, ’12)
Deepjyoti Deb (’08, ’09)
Laura Frustaci (’15, ’16)
Kathleen Hong (’07, ’08)
Eric Leva (’09, ’10)
Emily Martin (’12, ’13)
Nicollette Moodie (’12, ’13)
David Murray (’09, ’10)
Zaven Ovian (’11, ’12)
Kylie Scott (’12, ’14)
Barbara Wye (’08, ’09)


Four Top-Three Performances in Semifinals

Havanah Becker (’13-’16)
Christopher Coe (’10-13)
Marissa Coté (’10-13)
Chelsea Rose (’07-’10)
Kylie Scott (’11-’14)

Three Top-Three Performances in Semifinals

Jenna Burke (’07-’09)
Laura Frustaci (’15-’17)
Katrina Gilstrap (’11-’13)
Sarah Horwitz (’12-14)
Emily Martin (’11-’13)
Nicollette Moodie (’11-’13)
Kevin Parker (’08-’10)
Samantha Simon (’08-’10)


Four Appearances in the Semifinals

Havanah Becker (’13-16, finalist in 2015, placed in ’13, ’14, ’16)
Tommy Bezreh (’12-15, placed in 2013)
Sean Callahan (’08-’11)
Shannon Carey (’13-16, finalist in 2015, 2016)
Geoffrey Fong (’08-’11)
Laura Frustaci (’14-’17,  finalist in 2015 and 2016, Teacher’s Choice in 2014)
Eddie Gelberg (’10-’13, placed in 2012, 2013)
Katrina Gilstrap (’10-’13, finalist in 2011, placed in 2012, ’13)
Rebecca Haded (’14-’17, Teacher’s Choice in 2015, placed in 2015, made finals in 2017)
Brooke Hindle (’12-15, finalist in 2014)
Sarah Horwitz (’11-’14, finalist in 2014, placed in 2012, ’13, 2011 Teacher’s Choice)
Mike Keating (’07-’10, placed in 2009, 2010)
Briana LoRusso (’12-15, finalist in 2015, placed in 2014, 2013 Teacher’s Choice)
Emily Martin (’10-’13 – finalist in 2012, ’13, placed in 2011)
Kartike Mathur (’09-’12)
Fiona Maxwell (’14-’17, 2014 Teacher’s Choice)
Alex Moffatt (’09-’12, placed in 2011, 2012)
Kevin Parker (’07-’10, finalist in 2010)
Catie Riggs (’08-’11, placed in 2009, 2010)
Chelsea Rose (’07-’10, finalist in 2007, 2008, 2010)
Kylie Scott (’11-14, finalist in 2012 & 2014, placed in 2013)
Shabina Wigneswaran (’11-’14, placed in 2014)

Three Appearances in the Semifinals

Kate Arsenault (’10, ’12-’13, 2012 & 2013 Teacher’s Choice)
Katya Becker (’09-’11)
Neil Bhammar (’15-17, finalist in 2017)
Dean Boodakian (’11-’13, Teacher’s Choice in 2011)
Holly Brouillette (’11-’13, finalist in 2013)
Courtney Brown (’13, ’15-’16)
Melanie Canales (’09-’11, finalist in 2010, 2011)
Natalie Casey (’08-’10, Honorable Mention in 2010)
Kaitlyn Clarke (’11-’12, ’14)
Kate Doan (’07-’09)
Gabrielle Goulette (’13, ’15-’16, finalist in 2016, placed in 2015)
Ben Horgan (’15-’17, placed in ’16)
David Huynh (’10, ’12-’13, Teacher’s Choice in 2012)
Sarah Iodice (’15-’17, finalist in ’17)
Alexis Kaminski (’09-’11)
Walter Kikuchi (’09-’10, ’12; placed in ’09 & ’10)
Eric Leva (’08-’10 – finalist in 2009, 2010)
Irfan Margoob (’11-’12, ’14)
MiKenna Mattson (’14-’16, placed in 2014)
Michaela Mazure (2012, ’14-15, BHS Second Runner-Up in 2015, placed in 2012)
Dan McCarthy (2014, 2016-17, Teacher’s Choice in 2016, placed in 2016, finalist in 2017)
Amanda McCombs (’15-’17, placed in 2016)

Isha Mehta (’12-’14, placed in 2012, 2014)
Pranav Menon (’12-’14 – BHS Champion in 2012, BHS Runner-Up in 2013, made finals in 2014)
Evan Moore (2008, ’10-’11, placed in ’08)
Maham Nadeem (’07-’09, made finals in 2009)
Luke O’Donnell (’10-’12, placed in 2012)
Kalpita Patel (’08-10, placed in 2008, Honorable Mention in 2010)
Zill Patel (’09-’11, finalist in 2010)
Dion Santiago (’10-’12)
Ivy Saltsman (’15-’17, placed in 2015, 2016)
Laura Schissler (’14-’16, Teacher’s Choice in 2014)
Luke Schissler (’10, ’12-’13, placed in 2012, 2013)
Rachel Seeley (’13-15, BHS Runner-Up in 2015)
Zyann Sharkah (’15-17, finalist in 2017)
Mark Simons (’12-’14, Teacher’s Choice in 2012)
Nikhil Thakkar (’12-’14, finalist in 2013, Teacher’s Choice in 2012)
Courtney Tolliday (’08-’10)
Angel Vargas (’14-’16, Finalist in 2016, Teacher’s Choice in 2014)
Ada Wiggins (’13, ’15-’16, Teacher’s Choice in 2015, placed in 2015)

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