Article by Phoenix writer Lauren DeRiggi ’24:
Kellenberg hosted an Open Mic event in the school’s auditorium. This event gave the opportunity for students to recite their favorite poems. Over 60 students in grades 6-12 participated, and many recited original poems.
The Open Mic was held in honor of National Poetry Week, during the week of April 17.
Each morning, a poem and reflection video was televised on the morning announcements. These reflections demonstrated many of the themes prevalent in poetry, such as love, humor, and nature.
Poems like “My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun” by William Shakespeare poke fun at the overly serious tone in other poems. Poems like “We Are Young” by Mary Oliver highlight an inspiring message to live life to the fullest.
Mrs. Marconi summarized why it is so important to celebrate poetry. “In an age where teenagers communicate using pictures like emojis,” she says, “poetry reminds us of the value of words.”
Mrs. Karen Egan led a poetry trivia on Kahoot after school in the chorus room. The game was a great opportunity for students to test their knowledge on poetry and have discussions about it outside of the classroom.
Poetry Week allows students to discover the beauty of a poem and the stories in which the words orchestrate.
Anyone interested in poetry outside of school can see Mr. Flood or Mr. Landers for submissions to the Renaissance, Kellenberg’s literature and arts digital magazine.