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Student Poet Joey Bemis to Read Aloud at Graduation

Eliza Blanchfield
Senior Joey Bemis’ poem was selected to be read at this year’s graduation ceremony.

An annual SWHS tradition is to select a senior to read an original poem at graduation and print that poem in the program. This year, graduating Senior Joey Bemis has been selected as the student poet to read his work aloud. 

Bemis says that the poem was originally an assignment from English teacher Terri White – who is also the organizer of the graduation poem contest. He started by brainstorming in class and settled on the idea of using baseball as a metaphor for high school.

“[A baseball game is] rough at first, but as the game goes by, or high school goes by, it gets easier,” Bemis said in an interview with The Prowl.

White says that most graduation poems focus on reflecting about the positive experiences in high school, rather than the negative, and looking forward to the future.

The spin that Bemis puts on first describing the challenges of high school and then how they get better reflects this positive nature.

Before Bemis was selected, a panel of teachers narrowed down all the poems that they received to three candidates. From there, the candidates came in and each read their poems aloud. The panel decided on Bemis to be the one poet to actually read his poem to a crowd.

While the writing element of the graduation poem is a major factor, so is the public speaking element. 

“The student poet can be helped to read with greater prowess and make it a great reading to be heard by everyone at the ceremony,” White said. “There’s some skill involved there.”

In the coming weeks before graduation, Bemis will be practicing reading his poem, making sure that he is prepared for the day of graduation.

Though he is a bit nervous to read his poem aloud to a large crowd at graduation, Bemis is excited to share his work. 

Graduation will be held at Dunkin Donuts Park, Friday, June 7th at 2pm.

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Ethan Sands
Ethan Sands, Staff Writer
Ethan Sands is a new junior at South Windsor High School. He loves writing of any kind and is excited to start at  The Bobcat Prowl this year. In his free time, he likes to play basketball in his driveway and he also climbs at Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester CT. He doesn’t know what career he wants to pursue, yet, but is planning to go to some sort of college after high school. Between high school and college, he wants to go on a road trip across the country with his friends.
Eliza Blanchfield
Eliza Blanchfield is a South Windsor High School sophomore excited to write for The Bobcat Prowl. During her sophomore year, she looks forward to reporting on the many controversial topics at South Windsor High School. Eliza is an Editor for The Prowl, she will be able to guide new and returning writers while expanding her knowledge of Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys playing girls' volleyball in the fall for South Windsor High School, while participating in the Travel Club year-round. She loves reading, participating in sports, and hanging out with friends and family.