Rising To The Poetry Challenge and Triumphing Out Loud

Senior Lily Nguyen won the regional Poetry Out Loud competition last month, and now moves on to the state level, with the chance to win a cash prize and compete nationally. In Middle School poetry news, Meghan Kenney’s seventh graders answered a prompt from NPR: “Honor MLK By Describing How You Dream A World.” Each student wrote their own poem, then chose their favorite line to contribute to the collective class poem based on Langston Hughes “I Dream A World.” Lily’s winning submissions are below, followed by the seventh graders’ work.

“Abandoned Farmhouse,” by Ted Kooser


“An Anthology Of Rain,” by Phillis Levin


“Tall Ambrosia,” by Henry David Thoreau


Collaborative class poems inspired by Langston Hughes’ “I Dream A World”

By English 7 (1)


I dream a world where peace, love and progress guide us, not hatred and heteronormativity.
A world where perfect isn’t what other people judge you for, but what you see in yourself.
I dream a world where everyone feels loved.
With this love there will be no one that feels alone, and people can love who they want.
I dream a world where subjects are optional.
A world where people are people in the eyes of businesses, and not just machines made to do their bidding.
I dream a world where everyone has a voice, and where voices are heard.
Where the streets will be filled with seas of colors: red, brown, yellow, white, black all entwined and linking in a powerful tide of unique beauty.
A world where anyone can walk the streets and not be ridiculed for what they look like.
I dream a world where no one has to sleep in the cold, and where there’s no need for worry.
I dream a world where there is no COVID-19.
I dream a world of a long happy life.
If planes can soar then we can too; we are all in this together.

By English 7 (7)

“The Way I Dream This World Of Mine”

The world I dream isn’t far, we can make it happen if we start working hard.
I dream a world where there is no hate just because of different races or beliefs,
A world where life is free.
I dream a world where there is no conflict
Or violence.
A world where all will feel safe.
I dream a world that is a healthy place for people to live in.
The world that I dream, gleams and money grows on trees.
Nations apart, but somehow combined, is the way I dream of mine.

By English 7 (6)

“This World I Dream”

I dream a world, this world I dream is equal for all and for all it is free.
A world where men and women are treated the same
A world full respect and equality
Where freedom knows no borders
And we come together and celebrate differences and individuality.

I dream a world where everyone sees the sun,
Everyone smiles and laughs,
And always has fun.

I dream a world where violence
Will not touch earth’s petals
Where we do not destroy the planet but care for it
A world with clean air and water all over it.
A world with no immediate conflict
Where no animal shall suffer
And everyone looks out for one another.
A world filled with green and no corruption
With police who can properly function
Where peace and love are all around and there is harmony.
I dream of a world free from war and injustice
A world where there is kindness and we see through our blindness.

I dream a world full of these things;
But the way the world has become,
I feel I can only just dream.

LCDS Theater Presents A Historic Double Feature

“My thoughts were this,” Kristin Wolanin said. “We need theater this fall, and life in general has already been dark enough; I don’t want the theater to be dark too.”

Then, having thought those things, the director of Country Day theater turned her attention toward making them happen. Twice. In a format neither the cast, crew, or director had ever attempted before.

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“The kids came back thinking we’re not going to have a show and my reaction was, ‘What do you mean? It’s Wolanin. Of course we’re going to have a show,’” Wolanin said. “Also, I have an addiction. Not doing a show wasn’t a possibility for me.”

Of course, doing only one show was a possibility. Then Wolanin thought some more.

“I had this fantastic all-female cast and two plays that I loved that I knew could be chopped down into great one-act shows. So that’s what we’re doing, and it’s been extra double crazy!”

Everyone is invited to watch The LCDS Theatre Company keep the performing arts thriving in two groundbreaking productions, “Steel Magnolias” and “The House Of Bernarda Alba.” Showtimes for “Steel Magnolias” are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 14, with the curtain rising on “The House Of Bernarda Alba” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 13.

The shows are free, but if you would like to support the Company with a donation, you can do so here, with sincere thanks from the cast and crew.

Instead of a live performance, each show is its own film of a staged reading, in full costume, as an ensemble. The filming consisted of two four-hour shoots that were then edited to move the players in their Zoom cubes around the screen to approximate the feeling of seeing actors move around the stage.

“It can be hard to picture,” Wolanin said, “but a good way to think about it is as a radio drama rather than a traditional play.”

Both shows have the advantage of taking place in one location, both center on the “awesome, juicy drama of all these women,” and both feature six members of the eight-actress cast playing strikingly different roles in each play.

“To play two characters basically at the same time who come from different countries and different cultures and speak completely differently than the other, that’s not easy to do,” Wolanin said. “I was really impressed with how much range and versatility they showed.”

To watch the shows, you first have to register by clicking the links below. Once registered, you will receive an email that will tell you how to join the audience.

“Steel Magnolias”

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 — Click here
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 — Click here

“The House of Bernarda Alba”

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 — Click here
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 — Click here


“Steel Magnolias”

Truvy — Hannah Whisman
Annelle — Laurel Marx
Clairee — Sophie McDougall
Shelby — Mae Barr
M’Lynn — Amelia Lojewski
Ouiser — Frannie Thiry

“The House of Bernarda Alba”

Angustias — Mae Barr
Martirio — Amelia Lojewski
Magdelena — Laurel Marx
Amelia — Peachy Lee
Poncia — Frannie Thiry
Adela — Sophie McDougall
Bernarda — Hannah Whisman
Servant — Sarah Hilton


Stage Manager — Sarah Hilton
Costumes — Riley Eckman*, Keira Alhadeff, and Anna Sponaugle
Props — Linnea Winterer*, Ruby Nemeroff, Kobe West, Lennon Krista, and Jayden Temple
Sound — Ben Kendall, Grace Foresman*, and Eli Hurtt
Publicity — Ben Kendall*, Olivia Neff, and Linnea Wright
* — Crew Chief

Orchestra Roundup & Ceramics Year-In-Review

Wright and Schaumann Earn Auditions for National Orchestra Festival

Violist Cecilia Wright ’21 and violinist Florence Schaumann ’22 both advanced from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival to the All-State Festival. While this year’s All-State Festival was cancelled, the girls’ scores allow them to audition for next year’s National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Orchestra Festival and the National Orchestra Festival, two highly competitive orchestras consisting of the top players in the country.


Ceramics Year-In-Review

By Beky Weidner

Last fall a handful of students had the opportunity to have their pieces fired in a wood kiln at a studio in downtown Lancaster. In January, students created and donated 40 bowls to the Opportunity House in Reading for their Empty Bowls event, and finally a group of 30 students took a field trip to a ceramics exhibit at Landis Homes by Dennis Maust, where they had the opportunity to hear Dennis talk about his work and ask him questions.