A duo of brothers successfully guided Carroll House to victory Friday in The Avalon School All Saints Day Festival poetry competition.
Liam and Danny Tobin are staples in the contest and helped propel the house to a win despite controversy over the recitations from House Dux Samuel Li and Khamaal Barrett-Ricks.
Liam, a sixth grader, recited a speech from Richard II, in which the character, Richard II, finds out his cousin is plotting against him.
Danny, an eighth grader, captured second place for the middle school bracket for his recitation of Anthem for Doomed Youth. A poem by Wilfred Owen which describes the horror of war.
Controversy ensued from the beginning of the competition, when Li, an exchange student from China, stumbled mid way through his recitation of The Fountain of Blood which allowed Washington House captain Jimmy Davern to secure a win in the captain’s bracket.
Yet, students felt Li and Stewart’s Matt Agrafiotis gave stronger performances and questioned the judge’s decision.
Later, another controversy reared it’s head when junior transfer Barrett-Ricks performed “We Wear the Mask.”
Though some said he recited as if “he was freestyle raping,” many felt it was one of the most entertaining recitations of the day.
However, the poem did not meet the 14 line minimum requirement and the disqualification gave Washington’s Alex Jacobs the win for the upperclassmen bracket.
Still, the performances from Danny and Liam carried the day for Carroll House. And, despite older brother Matthew’s failure to score points, the three are considered the best and most consistent reciters in the school.