On Tuesday, March 15, ninth grader Ben Millspaugh represented Waynflete in the 11th annual Poetry Out Loud Maine State Final Competition at the Waterville Opera House.
Co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud culminates in the national competition in Washington D. C. in May.
Over 8000 Maine students competed in the 2015-2016 cycle. This year’s winner, Rose Horowitz, a twelfth grader from Mr. Ararat High School, also won last year’s state contest. Owen Sinclair, an eleventh grader at Rangeley Lakes Regional School and this year’s runner-up, also competed last year.
Ben earned his place in the state contest by winning Waynflete’s Poetry Out Loud competition on January 5 and then winning one of the five regional finalist slots at the Southern Maine Regional Competition at Biddeford City Theater on February 10.
With great poise Ben delivered Gravelly Run by A. R. Ammons and Youth by James Wright to a spellbound audience in Waterville’s historic opera house. He truly made Waynflete proud. Way to go, Ben!!!