Wieckowski honors Alameda, Santa Clara counties' Poetry Out Loud champions

Castro Valley High, Live Oak Academy students recognized for their recitations

March 19, 2018

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) honored Stephanie Bucuroaia of Castro Valley High School and Luke Cho of Live Oak Academy in the state Capitol today as the California Poetry Out Loud champions for Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

“Stephanie and Luke understand the power and magic of words and their ability to inspire, move and educate us,” said Wieckowski, whose district includes parts of both counties. “They are two outstanding students who have excelled in this competition.”

Both students were in Sacramento competing in the state finals of the California Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest. An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the contest gives teens the confidence to make themselves heard using art. California’s is the largest Poetry Out Loud competition with 46 counties and nearly 73,000 students participating.

Bucuroaia recited El Ovido by Judith Ortiz Cofer, Let Us Consider by Russell Edson, and The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth.  

Cho’s three poems were Layabout by John Brehm, Dream Song 14 by John Berryman, and Mezzo Cammin by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

By actively vocalizing the work, students build a relationship with words and add their own personal techniques with pace, volume and pitch, according to the California Arts Council.