Van Tech's stage was lit up with some incredible verses on February 18 as over two dozen students competed in this year's Poetry in Voice competition.
For the fourth year in a row, the national poetry competition is engaging students from over 360 schools with finalists squaring off in Vancouver in May of this year.
During the Van Tech competition, students read their favourite poetry pieces in front of hundreds of classmates. They were graded on their stage presence, understanding of the poem, articulation, the difficulty of the piece they chose as well as given an overall score for their reading. The top ten students were then asked to give a second reading.
In the end, second place went to Grade 12 Clarice Scop and third place went to Grade 11 Ruby Izatt. Van Tech's Roan Shankaruk came out on top. She'll be heading to the semi-finals, no doubt with a hope to follow in the footsteps of last year's national prize winner Kyla Kane, a former Van Tech student who won the top prize ($5,000 for her and another $1,000 for the student's school library).
Van Tech wasn't the only VSB school showcasing their talented poets. Gladstone Secondary held its own competition that morning with Pearlie Koh taking first prize in the English stream and Laura Moberg winning the bilingual stream. Meanwhile across town, Daniel Milton was the winner of Prince of Wales' competition.
Other VSB schools who will be participating in the Poetry in Voice competition included David Thompson, Magee, Churchill, Templeton and Killarney.