CAHS' Shawntay Henry is the National Poetry Out Loud Champion
Ms. Shawntay Henry
Shawntay Henry, a sophomore at Charlotte Amalie High School, outperformed competitors from across the nation at the 2008 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest held Monday and Tuesday in Washington D.C. The victory netted Ms. Henry a $20,000 scholarship and national recognition. She took on 51 contestants at the tournament and was one among 150,000 students nationwide who performed this year for a chance at the national finals. This was the first year that a student from the Virgin Islands participated in the contest. The Poetry Out Loud contests aim to encourage high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Shawntay took the top spot by reciting the poem "Frederick Douglass" by Robert Hayden. Congratulations should also be extended to her coaches, Antis Birmingham and Vanessa Olivacce, who worked diligently with Shawntay to help prepare her for this great opportunity. On Wednesday, April 30th, at her arrival on St. Thomas, Ms. Henry said, "I knew I just wanted to go there and represent the Virgin Islands to the best of my ability and make them proud, and that's what I did."
Presentation of Flowers to Ms. Henry from Members of USVI Department of Education, VI Legislature, and Gov. John P. deJongh, Jr’s Office