Marshalltown High School freshman Olivia Adams-Zmolek won first place at the school’s Poetry Out Loud contest held on December 18 in the MHS/Community Auditorium.
Eight MHS students took part in the contest, which has them recite two poems that test them on memorization and recitation. Olivia recited “The Owl” by Edward Thomas and “It was not Death, for I stood up, (355)” by Emily Dickinson.
Taking second place was junior Phoebe Osgood while junior Zyrus Whitehead placed third. MHS Extended Learning Program teacher Susan Fritzell facilitates the program at MHS and said all of the students showed amazing growth the past several weeks.
“They make me so proud,” Fritzell said after the event.
Olivia now advances to the state Poetry Out Loud contest at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines on March 4.