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Montague student heads to Toronto for national poetry competition

A student from Montague Regional High School is one of 39 finalists in a national poetry recitation competition. Rose Henbest will head to Toronto next week to compete in the Poetry in Voice finals.

The Poetry in Voice competition is set for April 20 and 21 in Toronto

A high school student from Montague Regional High School is one of 39 finalists in a national poetry recitation competition.

Rose Henbest will head to Toronto next week to compete in the Poetry in Voice finals.

To earn her spot, Henbest won a competition at her school and then was selected as the winner in the regional semifinals. She also made it to the finals last year where performed a piece by Canadian poet Robert Bringhurst.

"We're not really a very poetry–based society, so it was really neat to, yeah, just meet those people, be part of that culture for a couple days," Henbest said.

Each student must memorize three poems to perform on the national stage. Three winners — one English-speaking, one French-speaking and one bilingual — will each take home a $5,000 prize along with another $1,000 for their school libraries.

Poetry in Voice is a recitation contest for Canadian high school students founded by Scott Griffin, of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry. According to its website, students must memorize and recite poems chosen from an online anthology, which is available free of charge to all schools.

"By learning poems by heart, students develop lifelong relationships with poetry while improving their language, public speaking, and memorization skills," the website says.

The finals will be held on April 20 and 21.

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