March 22, 2012

Princeton student wins N.J. Poetry Out Loud contest

Princeton student wins N.J. Poetry Out Loud contest

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 8:00 AM
Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger 
State Finals of Poetry Out Loud
EnlargeKristin Tsuo of The Lawrencevile School waiting to perform during the New Jersey State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition at The College of New Jersey in Ewing on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger TO PURCHASE THIS PHOTO, CALL THE STAR-LEDGER PHOTO LIBRARY AT 973-392-1530Poetry Out Loud gallery (21 photos)
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.

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