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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936
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36th Annual Poetry Declamation Contest

Eligibility: The Contest is open to Pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School and High school students regularly enrolled in introductory, intermediate, or advanced Spanish courses or Home School Students. There is no charge to register for the contest.

Language Experience
: In order to be as fair as possible in grouping the contestants, we request that teachers indicate all special circumstances on the registration form. This includes study or residence abroad, and whether Spanish is spoken at home.

Pre-registration Forms
: Preregistration forms are located online, and are required for participation in the Poetry Contest. Please note that no entries will be accepted on the day of the contest and no substitutes will be permitted at the time of registration.

Pre-registration forms must be received by the Department of Spanish and Portugueseno later than FRIDAY 26 March 2010. If you need additional space, an additional typed form will be accepted. To facilitate planning, please enter serious candidates only.

pdf Pre-K Registration form
pdf Pre-K Poems

pdf Kindergarten Registration form
pdf Kindergarten Poems

pdf Elementary & Middle School Registration form
pdf Elementary & Middle School Poems

pdf High School Registration form
pdf High School Poems

Please return the completed registration form by Friday 26, March 2010, to Lisa Mailloux as an email attachment: lmailloux@austin.utexas.edu
*Family and friends of the contestants are cordially invited to attend the Contest, Reception and Award Ceremony.

Levels:
Level K - Pre-K & Kindergarten: Pre-K and Kindergarten School Students with no background in Spanish
Level KA - Pre-K & Kindergarten: Pre-K and Kindergarten students with background in Spanish.
Level E-Elementary: Elementary school students with no background in Spanish.
Level EA-Elementary: All Elementary school students with background in Spanish.
Level M – Middle School: Middle school students with no background in Spanish.
Level MA – Middle School: Middle school students with background in Spanish.
Level I – High School: High school students in first year courses with no background in Spanish.
Level IA – High School: High school students in first year courses with background in Spanish.
Level II – High School: High school students in second year courses with no background in Spanish.
Level IIA – High School: High school students in second year courses with background in Spanish.
Level III – High School: High school students in third year courses with no background in Spanish.
Level IIIA – High School: High school students in third year courses with background in Spanish.
Level IV– High School: High school students in fourth year courses with no background in Spanish.
Level IVA – High School: High school students in fourth year courses withbackground in Spanish.
Level V– High School: High school students having taken courses beyond Spanish 4, with no background in Spanish.
Level VA – High School: High school students having taken courses beyond Spanish 4, with background in Spanish.

Conditions:
1) Each participant will memorize and prepare two poems for the contest: the first poem is chosen by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the second is chosen by the Teacher and the student. Important: the second poem should be 4 to 8 lines long for Pre-K and Kindergarten, 12 to 18 lines for both Elementary and Middle Schools, and 14 to 25 lines long for the High School Levels. Participants will need to provide 3 copies of their selected poem for distribution among the judges. The Department's selections will be included with the announcement. 

2) If there are 15 or more participants at any one level, it may be necessary to divide the contestants at that level into two groups.

3) Since the first poem will be presented by all participants in a level, contestants will not be permitted to hear those who recite before them  in order to avoid advantage points. However, contestants, their families, and friends are especially encouraged to listen to all participants recite the second poems.

Judges will normally present three awards at each level (1st, 2nd, 3rd place). Judges will base their decisions on the following points:
1. correctness of pronunciation and intonation
2. smoothness (effectiveness) of delivery
3. interpretation of the poem

Participants should concentrate on voice projection, eye contact with the listeners, expression of nuances (vowels, consonants, style), appropriate tone and subtlety of interpretation.

Reception: Snacks and beverages will be provided from 8:00-12:00 pm in the Conference Room, Benedict 2.102

Registration:
High School 8:30-9:00am
Middle School 9:00-9:30am
Elementary 9:30-10:00am
Pre-K and Kindergarten 10:00-10:30am

Contest:
High School 9:30am
Middle School 10:00am
Elementary 10:30am
Pre-K and Kindergarten 11:00am

Award Ceremony:
12-1pm | Jester Auditorium, Room A101A

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