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Reciting poetry with poise, Frederick freshman tops Md. competition
Reciting poetry with poise, Frederick freshman tops Md. competition

Kyle Shreve always gets most nervous just before he takes the stage to recite a poem. "It's the worst when the person before you is walking back to their seat," he said. But when the 15-year-old freshman from Frederick County steps in front of the microphone, the lines he has memorized come front of mind, he said, and the nerves ease. "I don't have to worry about what I'm saying next, I can just worry about how I'm saying it," he said. That formula seemed to work Saturday, when Shreve beat Maryland's seven other high school finalists in the annual Poetry Out Loud state recitation competition, delivering three poems without missing a beat and...

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