In Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Our School Founder



Poetry Recitation Contest

Friday, October 26, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
at the Wonderful Words Hall, in the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas

Rules and Eligibility

Student Eligibility

Grade Level: Currently enrolled students in grades 7-12 and adults are eligible. There will be three categories: 7th-9th, 10th-12th, and adults (teachers, parents, alumni, and community members).

DVS Final (Boys and Girls Division): Participants may not advance to the final without competing in a division competition. Three winners from each category competing in the division level will forward to the Finals.

Poem Eligibility

Poem Anthology: Participants must use the poems and verses written by Venerable Hsuan Hua, our school founder.

Poem Criteria: Poems and verses must be 8 lines or more. Must be English, but students are encouraged to recite in bilingual or multilingual.


Evaluation: Students will be judged according to the Poetry Out Loud evaluation criteria from the 2018-2019 Teacher’s Guide.

Rounds: Two rounds—Division and School Contest.

Judging: Rankings are based solely on evaluation sheets submitted by judges. Judges should not convene to discuss performances during the competition. Judges may not reconsider their scores after they are submitted. Judges’ decisions are final.

Scoring: Scoring is cumulative. The scores from all rounds will be added together to determine the top three winners. The top three winners from the 7th-12th and adult category respectively will present on November 3, 2018, Honoring Elders Day at the City of 10,000 Buddhas.

Ties: In the event of a tie, the tied student with the highest overall performance score will be the winner. If that also results in a tie, the highest accuracy score will be used. If scores remain tied, students will select an additional poem and perform the recitation again. The resulting score will be considered separately to break the tie.

Memorization: Students must recite their poem from memory.

Props: Students may not use props or wear costumes during their recitations.