Fayette students dominate Clemson Foreign Language Poetry Contest

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Fayette poetry students show off their awards from Clemson University Poetry Contest. Photo/Fayette County School Syste.
Fayette poetry students show off their awards from Clemson University Poetry Contest. Photo/Fayette County School Syste.

A long-standing tradition continues as Fayette’s high school foreign language students dominate the Clemson University Poetry Declamation Contest.

Students from all five high schools secured over 40 percent of the placements at the 2019 competition, including 25 first place, 25 second place, and 18 third place awards. They also had three sweeps, earning all placements in two categories of German and one category of Spanish.

Clemson University’s Department of Foreign Languages poetry declamation contest gives students the opportunity to perform poetry in their language of study and receive feedback from leading language educators.

Participants perform two poems from memory, specified according to students’ level of language study. They are evaluated based on pronunciation, interpretation of text, smoothness of delivery, and textural accuracy.

The competition draws students from throughout Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The 2019 Clemson Poetry Declamation Contest placements are as follows:

French 1A-1

Ella Spears, first place, Whitewater High

French 1A-2

Carolina Stover, second place, Whitewater High

Laila Adair, third place, Whitewater High

French 2A-1

Anahis Orozco, first place, Fayette County High

French 2A-2

Noah Ellis, first place, Starr’s Mill High

French 2A-3

Caleb-Wes Nana, second place, Fayette County High

Mollie Moody, third place, Whitewater High

French 3A-2

Pamia Sanders, third place, Whitewater High

French 4-A

Rommy Sierra, second place, Starr’s Mill High

Mario Garcia Obrero, third place, Starr’s Mill High

French-Native

Marie-Paule Aguegue, second place, McIntosh High


German 1A-1

Oueyeme Egure, first place, Fayette County High

German 1-A-2

Darren Hawkins, third place, Fayette County High

German 2A-1

Elizabeth Jackson, first place, Starr’s Mill High

Janae Walker, second place, Sandy Creek High

William VanHuffel, third place, Starr’s Mill High

German 2A-2

Lucas Nyman, second place, Starr’s Mill High

Ivan-Anthony Destin, third place, Starr’s Mill High

German 4-A

Emily Hawkins, first place, Starr’s Mill High

Aracely Perez, second place, Sandy Creek High

German-Native

Katarina Thompson, first place, McIntosh High


Latin 2A-1

Audrey Boston, second place, McIntosh High


Spanish 1A-1

Kennedi Malone, first place, McIntosh High

Kayla Rivers, second place, Whitewater High

Spanish 1A-2

Catherine Ling, second place, Whitewater High

Spanish 1A-3

Cassidy Scoggins, second place, Fayette County High

Lorelai Self, third place, Whitewater High

Spanish 1A-4

Emerald Broughton, first place, Sandy Creek High

Parker Hill, third place, Starr’s Mill High

Spanish 1A-5

Minegeun Shin, first place, McIntosh High

Spanish 1A-6

Abigail Newton, first place, McIntosh High

Matthew D’Morais, second place, McIntosh High

Spanish 2A-1

Layla Williams, second place, Whitewater High

Spanish 2A-2

Arshi Noorani, first place, Fayette County High

Tobie Makinde, third place, McIntosh High

Fayette poetry students show off their awards from Clemson University Poetry Contest. Photo/Fayette County School System.
Fayette poetry students show off their awards from Clemson University Poetry Contest. Photo/Fayette County School System.

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