Princeton student wins N.J. Poetry Out Loud contest
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 8:00 AM
In learning poems about a Nicaraguan latrine digger, a female member of the 17th century English court and a Korean-American living in New York City, high school student Kristin Tsuo said she learned a lot about the world — and a lot about herself.
"I’ve never been to Nicaragua, I haven’t lived in 17th century England, but I could understand their worlds," the junior said Wednesday, after being crowned the 2012 New Jersey Poetry Out Loud champion. "That’s what’s so great about poetry."
Tsuo, a 16-year-old Princeton resident who attends the private Lawrenceville School, won the competition held at The College of New Jersey by beating out seven other state finalists — including last year’s champ and this year’s runner-up, Clarissa Lotson. Tsuo will compete at the nationals in Washington, D.C., next month for a $20,000 scholarship.