Derek Lattmann '19 Takes First in Poetry Out Loud Contest

Derek Lattmann '19 Takes First in Poetry Out Loud Contest
Derek Lattmann '19 Takes First in Poetry Out Loud Contest
Jessica Fiddes

On February 6, winner of the Delbarton Poetry Out Loud (POL) competition, Derek Lattmann '19, represented the School at a regional contest held at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown. We are pleased to announce that Lattmann took first place in the competition.

Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states. POL participants choose poetry from an online anthology of more than 900 poems and are judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, dramatic appropriateness, accuracy, and overall performance.

Lattmann faced off against representatives from ten other area schools, and performed three poems: The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron, The America Soldier by Philip Freneau and Brian Age Seven by Mark Doty. He and the second finalist Vinitha Vivek of Hillsborough High School now move onto the New Jersey finals that take place on March 12.

State level winners receive $200 and an expense-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to Washington, DC, to compete at the National Finals where a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends are distributed, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion, $10,000 for 2nd place, $5,000 for 3rd place, and $1,000 for 4th-12th places -- proof that skillful poetic memorization can reap great dividends (i.e. poetic justice)!

On the home front, faculty members Mr. Chris Pillette and Dr. Rachel Carlson witnessed the competition at MPAC with several of Lattmann's classmates, and his parents Richard and Jill Lattmann. Yes, in true Delbarton fashion, Lattmann had an enthusiastic poetic fan zone. Previously, Pillette worked with Lattmann on his poems in Theater class, a popular Delbarton senior elective. Mr. Tony Negrin also deserves a nod for managing the POL process at Delbarton that culminated in Lattmann named champion after a dynamic Morning Meeting competition.

The Delbarton community salutes Derek Lattmann '19 on his fine achievement, and wishes him the best of luck as he prepares for the NJ State competition!