Xpat Report: Annual Poetry Competition In Budapest

  • 19 Mar 2015 11:30 AM
Xpat Report: Annual Poetry Competition In Budapest
Recently the Ninth Poetry Festival hosted by Britannica International School took place in the elaborately decorated Auditorium, festooned with Memory Jars, on the theme of ‘Remembrance’. This year, three other prestigious International Schools from Budapest attended, including The American International School, The British International School of Budapest and the International Christian School of Budapest.

Held on Friday, the 6th March, the competitors were competing in three age categories: 10-12 years, 13-15 years and 16 and above for individual awards, as well as a group category.

Of course, no Poetry competition would be complete without the venerable judges to adjudicate and on this occasion we had the pleasure of the esteemed Ms. Ruth Russell, Canadian Teacher and Librarian of many years, and the visiting Mr. Martin Douglas, Press Officer for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Mr. Richard Vaughan, Principal of Britannica School, warmly welcomed competitors and guests to the School Auditorium, where Sixth-form student Kasey Chen, a Classical violinist, set the tone and ambience for the evening by playing a Minuet by Mozart.

The competition started with the 10-12 years age-group and the winning places were awarded with Marta Revilla-Alvarez, BIS, in first place with “Queen Elizabeth Remembers” by E. M-Ghali. In the next category 13-15 years, Jessica Thiesen, ICSB, prevailed with “Hieroglyphic Stairway” by Drew Dellinger. The third category,16 and above, was fiercely contended, but the eventual winner was the impressive Andras Kim, ICSB, with a moving recitation of “Silence” by Edgar Lee Masters.

The fourth category was the group event and the winners were siblings Aniek and Niels Jacobs Y7, with a entertaining recitation of ‘Strict” by M. Rosen. Finally, the Star Performer Cup for overall winner, after much deliberation went to the stunning Stas Czajka for his recital of” Dulce et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen.

A special word of thanks goes to the musicians for the evening, who entertained the audience during the interval, Mr. Ian du Feu and Kasey Chen, while not forgetting the delicious cakes provided by our sponsors Csokolia Cukraszda.

By Mr. John Glackin, English Department, Britannica International School

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