KATONAH, N.Y. -- Katonah's Harvey School gave top honors to Cortlandt's Kiersten Wittmann and Mount Kisco's Chloe Savitch in the annual Poetry Recitation Contest.
A panel of three judges selected the winners of Harvey’s annual Michael Lopes Poetry Recitation Contest. Freshman Kiersten Wittmann won the upper school trophy and eighth grader Chloe Savitch won the middle school competition. The two winners were selected from 16 finalists in the school wide contest named after a beloved English teacher who passed away in 2001.
“I didn’t think I had a chance to win because I was only a freshman and everyone else was so amazing,” said Kiersten, who chose to recite She chose to recite “Shrinking Women." “I chose the poem because I come from a family of very strong, empowered women. I believe women should never be seen as less than men.”
Chloe Savitch was awarded the middle school trophy for her recitation of “Own It” by Taylor Hoskins.
“It was like the words were a part of me,” Savitch said. “I was shaking and I was afraid I’d forget the words. It was nerve-wracking but I got through it because I just let the words carry me through.”
The other local finalists were freshman Macy Drude and sixth grader Emma Spada of Katonah, Hana Cornell of Amawalk, sophomore Julia Slater of North Salem and senior Tristan Watson of Pound Ridge.