Stewart Sophomore Dominates Poetry Competition

Stewart House sophomore Tomas Alicea won first place overall in the All Souls Festival Day poetry contest with a recitation of  “As I Walked out One Evening” by WH Auden.
Stewart House sophomore Tomas Alicea holds up an open hand while closing his eyes during a passionate recitation of WH Audin's "As I Walked Out One Evening" during The Avalon School's All Souls Festival Day poetry competition on Nov. 1, 2013, in Gaithersburg, Md.

Stewart House sophomore Tomas Alicea holds up an open hand while closing his eyes during a passionate recitation of WH Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening” during The Avalon School’s All Souls Festival Day poetry competition on Nov. 1, 2013, in Gaithersburg, Md.

The House poetry contest is a major part of the festival day activity schedule, which also includes an afternoon game of capture-the-flag.

Alicea, a second year Avalon student, won the individual contest and helped his house earn second place in the overall poetry contest standings with a charismatic performance that won over both judges and fellow students.

“The poetry contest was a close one, but Tomas pulled through and was able to snatch first place by emphasizing on certain words and really putting his raw emotion into it,” said Washington House competitor Nolan McEleney.

Interestingly, Alicea had failed in previous attempts to represent Stewart House in the 9 thru 10th grade bracket of the competition before Friday’s victory.

Unfazed, he won the Stewart House competition Friday morning to earn his first opportunity. For the school competition, he went up against veteran reciters Michael Stumpo of Calvert house and McEleney.

Stewart House’s strong finish left many excited for their chances in future competitions.

Alice added, “I think we look really good this year and if we keep up the good work we will do very well in the festival days to come.”

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