Players patiently partook in poetic performances, as Lankenau High School participated in a national public speaking contest.
Poetry Out Loud invites young people throughout the nation to memorize and publicly recite from selected famous poems in front of their peers and friends.
More than 30 students, mostly freshman and sophomores, bravely took the microphone at the environmental science magnet school in Upper Roxborough and gave dramatic readings of classic poetry.
The teenagers tackled works from Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Lord Byron and others, and were judged on their abilities of memorization, projection, vocal expression and stage presence.
One ultimate winner from Lankenau will go on to face peers from other city schools in a Philadelphia competition.
On Nov. 21, two students were declared winners. Shyonna Williams, freshman, read "These Poems, She Said," by Robert Bringhurst and Jovan Dennis, sophomore, won with "Self-Portrait" by Robert Creeley.
The two will compete to be Lankenau's citywide representative at the school's poetry slam, which will occur in December.
For more information, visit Poetry Out Loud.