On Tuesday, February 13, freshmen and sophomores from Sturgis East participated in the school’s Poetry Out Loud event! There, students passionately recited poems from memory to an audience of teachers, faculty, parents, and their peers. Sturgis StormWatch writers Krisha Adhikari, Caroline Curran, Sarah Smith and I had the opportunity to take part in this afterschool event. Caroline Curran was the winner and Corinne Cole was the runner-up. I recently spoke with Caroline Curran about her view of poetry as a whole and her opinion on the process of memorizing poems and reciting them in front of a large audience.
“I'm so glad I participated in Poetry Out Loud!” she exclaimed. “It really helped me discover new authors and better my speaking skills. I'm thrilled to be participating in the next round!”
The Sturgis StormWatch staff would like to thank the Sturgis East English Department as well as Daniela Milne and Dia Prantis for putting together the event! We would like to wish Caroline Curran the best of luck as she prepares for the Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud Semi-Finals! The event will take place on Sunday, March 4th at 1pm at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth. We look forward to the Sturgis East Poetry Out Loud event again next year!
Stirring up a Storm with Augmented Reality!
It was especially interesting to see how Cape Cod would be impacted by coastal flooding by using the digital map considering that Hyannis is only 32 feet above sea level. It is important for the next generation to understand the topography of Cape Cod in order to understand the danger and possibility of coastal flooding. Students placed a cut-out representation of Cape Cod in the sandbox to accurately map out which towns would be impacted the most by rising sea levels.
Many thanks go out to the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust, the Zephyr Education Foundation, and all of the teachers and faculty at Sturgis East that helped students receive the opportunity to experience the Augmented Reality Sandbox! It was an opportunity that many students will remember for a long time.