For nearly 30 years, Poetry Fest has been one of the most eagerly anticipated events each year at Belmont Hill.
The day celebrates the belief that poetry is primarily meant not to be read but to be heard. In that spirit, eleven boys, guided by Dr. Jeanne Tift, took the stage in the partially filled Hamilton Chapel and performed splendidly. Covering a wide range of poetry, all of the students presented with great poise and passion. Below, please see a list of the boys who participated. Congratulations to the winners: Daniel Bittner (Form V); Arec Keomurjian (Form V); and Brathes Sanchez (Form VI).
1. Brathes Sanchez (VI): “Short Speech to my Friends” by Amiri Baraka
2. Nathan Zhang (I): “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickinson
3. Timo Simonin (V): “Do you have anything?” by Tommye Blount
4. Mike Ahonen (V): “Best Ever” by Stuart Scott
5. Daniel Bittner (V): "Ode to A Nightingale" by John Keats
6. Nolan Henehan (IV): “Sick” by Shel Silverstein
7. Arec Keomurjian (V): “Scales” by Hovhannes Shiraz
8. Luke Hogan (V): “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats
9. Brian Lee (III): “The Legend” by Garrett Hongo
10. Wes Lindstrom-Chalpin (II): “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
11. Jack Shah (IV): “How to Be a Man” by Simar Singh
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