Repeat winner in MHS Poetry Out Loud contest


Olivia Adams Zmolek, center, won the Marshalltown High School Poetry Out Loud contest on December 19. Also pictured is second place winner Zyrus Whitehead, left, and third place winner Phoebe Osgood.

Marshalltown High School sophomore Olivia Adams Zmolek won the school’s Poetry Out Loud contest on December 19 in the MHS/Community Auditorium. It was the second year in a row that she took top honors at the MHS contest as she will next compete in the state Poetry Out Loud competition on March 3.

Taking second place in the MHS contest was senior Zyrus Whitehead while senior Phoebe Osgood placed third.  Other great performances were given by the rest of the competitors including Carmen Araiza, Alex Stansberry and Heather Junk.

Poetry Out Loud has students recite two poems from memorization. Students are judged on the following criteria: physical presence, voice and articulation, appropriateness of dramatization, level of complexity of the poem they read, evidence of understanding, accuracy and overall performance.


Alex Stansberry


Carmen Araiza


Heather Junk


Phoebe Osgood, third place


Zyrus Whitehead, second place


Olivia Adams Zmolek, first place