A week ago the world watched in awe as Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate, sent shock waves of exuberance throughout every literary soul in her recitation of her poem “The Hill We Climb.” This week, our Saints are channeling their own inner poet and realizing just how high a hill poetry is to climb.
Through masks and nerves, sophomore students triumphed as they participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud challenge. The “challenge” is not only having to memorize a poem selected from a list of choices but then having to stand up in front of their peers and recite it verbatim.
The number one fear in America is glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. Perhaps this is why this practice of public recitation is such an important one in the development of our students. Standing with conviction, confidence, and courage in front of any group is not easy and, for some, it can feel downright impossible. But with practice, coaching, and support, our students can learn to overcome their anxiety or, at the very least, learn ways to navigate through it.
We are very proud of our sophomores who rose to the occasion in every way today. They are testaments to our STA mission to “challenge, support, and transform” each and every student. And they were reminded gently that even when roads diverge in a wood… taking the one less traveled can make all the difference.