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Delaney Musgrave ’22 to Represent Lawrenceville at Poetry Out Loud Regionals

Congratulations to Delaney Musgrave ’22, who will represent Lawrenceville at the 2022 Poetry Out Loud New Jersey Region One semifinals.

“I’m ecstatic! After getting first runner-up my sophomore year, I was determined to try again. I would have done it my junior year, but due to COVID-19 there wasn't a competition. I feel as though I made my sophomore year self very proud,” she said.

You can watch the virtual competition on February 3, 6 p.m., on the N.J. Poetry Out Loud YouTube channel. Two Region One winners will be announced via social media following the broadcast. (Twitter|Facebook|Instagram). Musgrave is competing to advance to the New Jersey Poetry Out Loud championship, to be held virtually on March 2, and for the National finals (also virtual) in the spring.

In the Lawrenceville semifinals, Musgrave shared "Windy City" by Stuart Dybeck. “I actually recited this poem my sophomore year in the semifinals when I placed as first runner-up. There was a quick turn around between signing up to the actual semifinals and I knew that I still had ‘Windy City’ memorized!” she explained. For the finals, she used a random generator on the Poetry Out Loud website to find two poems that “really spoke to me: ‘Across the Street’ by Austin Segrest and ‘Intimate Detail’ by Heid E. Erdrich.

Musgrave is contemplating which three poems she’ll recite at the N.J. Region One semifinals. “I might reuse past pieces I've recited, but I might not,” she said. However, I do need to choose one pre-20th century poem and I'm definitely excited to step out of my comfort zone in giving an older poem a go.”

Poetry Out Loud, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encourages high school students across the country to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. Not only do they share their interpretation and delivery of poetry; they also vie for awards and scholarships totaling $50,000.

For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard Hanson, director of Public Relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.