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MHS students recite poetry to Lenihan students


Marshalltown High School student Olivia Adams-Zmolek, recites poetry to students at Lenihan Intermediate School on December 8. Also pictured are fellow MHS students and Poetry Out Loud group members Phoebe Osgood, left, and Zyrus Whitehead.

Three current Marshalltown High School students who are former Lenihan Intermediate School students visited Lenihan on December 8 to talk about their Poetry Out Loud group at the high school.

Olivia Adams-Zmolek, Phoebe Osgood and Zyrus Whitehead visited sixth graders in the Mathias Clement Cove neighborhood to recite poetry. The high school students will have a competition at MHS on December 18 with the winner advancing to the state Poetry Out Loud contest.

While it was good practice for the MHS students, it was also beneficial for the Leninan students who are learning more about language fluency through poetry.

“We also hope our students see this as an extracurricular opportunity for them when they get to high school,” said Lenihan teacher Leah Mattox.