School Contests

To prepare for the school contest, each classroom winner memorizes a second poem.

When a student chooses their second poem, they are also choosing their competition stream:

  • 1st poem in English + 2nd poem in English = English Stream 
  • 1st poem in English + 2nd poem in French = Bilingual Stream
  • 1st poem in French + 2nd poem in English = Bilingual Stream
  • 1st poem in French + 2nd poem in French = French Stream

As always, recitations at the school contest are judged using our Scoring Rubric, our Evaluation Sheet, and our Accuracy Score Sheet. The judges are usually teachers or local poets.

A school can name only one champion in each prize stream: one English Stream champion, one Bilingual Stream champion, and one French Stream champion.

When a student is named a school champion, one of two things can happen next:

  1. That school champion can move on to compete in the Junior Online Finals (for students in grades 6-8) or the Online Qualfiers (for students in grades 9-12).
  2. The school champion might decide to not participate in the rest of the competition (but really, why not take it to the next level and see what could happen?).