A look back: Affton students compete in ‘Poetry Out Loud’


The Poetry Out Loud competition in Affton in January 2013.

Editor’s note: With students in and out of in-person schooling this school year due to the pandemic, there are fewer activities students are able to participate in at school that we can share with the community. So this holiday season we are revisiting past stories. This is from January 2013. 

Twenty-seven students at Affton High School competed in the school’s Poetry Out Loud competition Jan. 16, 2013.
Junior Logan Willis won the competition with a recitation of “Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg” by poet Cornelius Eady. Jessica Reed, a junior, placed second for her reading of “Women” by Louise Bogan, and Brooke Brust, a sophomore, placed third with a recitation of Lisel Mueller’s “The End of Science Fiction.”

Willis will move on to compete in the Poetry Out Loud St. Louis regional competition, to be held in February.
Participants in the 2013 Affton High School Poetry Out Loud competition included:
Freshmen: Nevin Horne and Gabbi Murphy;
Sophomores: Brooke Brust, Kristin Funke, Cameron Kuntz, Daneesha Morgan, Abby Sleigh, Jordan Thomure, Stephanie Tomas and Amy Tran;
Juniors: David Ardrey, Tom Austin, Mackenzie Bernard, Luke Inman, Steven May, Patsy Neiswander, Jessica Reed, Brianna Turner and Logan Willis;
Seniors: Frances Garren, Kaetlin Lafargue, Veronica Lake, Stephanie Michalski, Abbey Oster, Tiffany Shearer, Emily Sharpe and Rafal Yousif.