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Montgomery’s Petersen wins top Poetry Out Loud prize

  Nelly Gudino Kennedy Petersen   Kennedy Petersen of Montgomery High School was the top vote getter in the Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud contest held this week. With the win, Petersen heads to the state competition in Sacramento Marcy 24-25. If she prevails there, Washington, D.C. is next April 28-30. Petersen recited “Monet Refuses the Operation” by Liesel Mueller and “An Autumn Sunset” by Edith Wharton. Roseland University Prep senior Nelly Gudino came in second and Paola Cruz Hernandez, a senior… Read More »

Top of the tops Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 10

Twelve Sonoma County high schools will be sending students to the countywide Poetry Out Loud competition Feb. 10. In the program, students memorize then recite poems. The pieces are not written by the students, but are typically considered greats in the English language. The participating schools include: Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland University Prep, Santa Rosa and Sonoma Academy. Santa Rosa High held their qualifying event Thursday night. I acted as… Read More »

SRHS’s Hong wins local Poetry Out Loud contest

Santa Rosa High School junior Phebe Hong won the Sonoma County Poetry Out Loud competition this weekend and is expected to compete in the state competition in Sacramento on March 20 and 21. “The competitive field was very strong this year,” said Karin Demarest in a statement. Demarest is the Poetry Out Loud Program Coordinator with the Arts Council of Sonoma County.  “The students’ recitations skills have become increasingly refined, and their understanding of the poems (has) deepened.” Fourteen area… Read More »

Steele Lane named arts focus school

Steele Lane Elementary School in Santa Rosa has been named the 2010-11 Adopt-A-School campus in a partnership between the Arts Council of Sonoma County and the Steele Lane School Enrichment Foundation. The program was launched today with a performance from students and a lineup of local leaders, including Sonoma County schools chief Carl Wong, Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Sharon Liddell, Santa Rosa City Schools trustee Wally Lowry and leaders from the local arts community. The Adopt-A-School program was established… Read More »