A'Derrica Roseboro knows how to bring a poem to life. That talent earned her a trip to Washington, D.C., on April 28 to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud competition.
It also earned her a $200 prize for winning the state competition in Columbia Saturday. The York Compre-hensive High 10th-grader recited Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise," which she says she likes because of its power.
The state competition was sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest that combines aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class.
The program, which began in 2005, is designed to help students master public speaking, build self-confidence and learn about different forms of literature.
Fellow YCHS student Cara Shaw was first runner-up at the state competition last year. But Roseboro is the first from the school to win the competition.
Her teachers say she is adept at learning and articulating the poems she recites. But they say her commanding presence on stage is one of the big reasons she has been so successful.
Thanks to her victory Saturday, YCHS will receive $500 to buy poetry books. And Roseboro will have a shot at a $20,000 scholarship that will go to the national champion.
Congratulations to her on this prestigious honor. Maya Angelou would be proud.