Senior Ashley Yan from the Law and Society major wins the Poetry Out Loud regional competition after winning the school wide competition that took place January 4th.
She won her class competition and advanced to the school wide competition. Ashley is in Mr. Schott’s AP Literature class. Mr. Schott is the coordinator of Poetry Out Loud at Brooklyn Tech and he puts in a lot of effort into the competition. He felt that this year had really strong performers and any of the top 7 could have easily won. He is really happy how it turned out. He notes that Brooklyn Tech has been really good over the past 5 years. The school has won the regional competition three times. Ashley Yan was one of the winners that Brooklyn Tech sent and she performed at the SUNY Global Center on January 31st at 6 PM.
She performed Bleeding Heart by Carmen Gimenez Smith and England in 1819 by Percy Shelley for the final. Dave Johnson, one of the judges of the competition, commented that Ashley captured the judge’s attention because she was poignant and heartfelt. She became the poem. Johnson is confident she will do well on March 10 in Syracuse for the state competition.
Since the regional Poetry Out Loud competition is split into two groups, Brooklyn Tech will send the runner-up, Alex Bavasky, to the second competition. Alex Bavasky will perform on February 16th at Fashion Institute of Technology. There are about 14 different high schools competing to advance states. We wish him the best of luck.