Student wins poetry contest

Stuart Nolan

Stuart Nolan, a high school student at Chelsea Academy in Front Royal, won the Poetry Out Loud competition on Dec. 4 for his recitations of “The Windhover” by Gerard Manley Hopkins and “Cartoon Physics, Part One” by Nick Flynn. He will advance to the regional competition on Feb. 5 in Culpepper.

Grace Elliott was selected runner up.

Students were judged on accuracy as well as physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, understanding of the poem and the level of the poem’s complexity.