BETSY LAYNE – Betsy Layne High School senior Dominique Mims was honored as the state runner-up in the Poetry Out Loud competition in Frankfort last week.
Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb was quick to congratulate Mims.
“We want to congratulate Dominique for this accomplishment,” Webb said. “The board team and I believe public speaking is an important skill and we’re proud of her. She competed in Frankfort on February 23 and placed second. Dominique received $100 and her school, Betsy Layne High School, will receive $200 to purchase poetry books.”
Language arts teacher Patricia Hackworth applied for and received a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council to host a school competition. Hackworth and colleague Mallory Roberts began with helping different classrooms hold competitions and to compete, students had to dramatically recite a poem from the Poetry Out Loud website to their class. Ten classes held class competitions and the winning students then recited two poems in front of the student body and UPIKE professors who were judging the competition.
At the school level, Mims performed “Here” by Josh Mehigan and “Song of the Shattering Vessels” by Peter Cole. At the state level, Mims performed the two poems she performed at Betsy Layne and added “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort.
Mims is the daughter of Tony and Sandy Mims of Harold.