Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Fall Poetry Contest

This event has been postponed until the spring 2021 semester.

Every fall semester, the department of Modern Languages and Literatures sponsors a Poetry Recitation Contest in which students in Modern Languages courses compete in performing poetry recitations in the language studied.


With your professor's input, choose a poem in the language you study at Loyola (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish). Memorize your poem! Work with your professor to master it! Be prepared to introduce the poem - author, time period, why you chose it, other details you'd like to share.


Students who wish to participate must have the support of their language instructor. Students currently enrolled in 103 and up are eligible.

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The application deadline is announced during the fall semester.


The contest will take place on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 5.00 p.m. via Zoom loyola.zoom.us/my/douglasglynn

Free refreshments will follow the awarding of prizes after the recitation!  Contact Dr. Paul Oorts for more information.

Previous Winners

2019 (Fall)

  • Alexandra White - Arabic
  • Matthew Branch - Chinese
  • Geoff Hyder - French
  • Charlotte McAleer - French
  • Harrison Senior - German
  • Noah Hileman - German
  • Arianna Pilla - Italian
  • Bridget Killmurray - Italian
  • Joe Swiontkowski - Italian
  • Sage Factora - Spanish
  • Leanna Brook Schultz - Spanish

2018 (Fall)

  • Lena Haaf - Arabic
  • Madison Acker - Chinese
  • Tiffany Evans - Chinese
  • Catie Hinshaw - French
  • Andrew Moran - Italian
  • Ryan Baldino - Spanish

2017 (Fall)

  • Evan Mazmanian, Chinese
  • Christina Russo, German
  • Juliana Bono, Italian
  • Lauren Keyes, Spanish

2016 (Fall)

  • Alexandra Billups, Chinese
  • Kelly Keenan, French
  • Christina Russo, German
  • Zalen King, Italian
  • Michelle Reilly, Spanish

2016 (Spring)

  • Denise Medenilla, French
  • Brian Krell, German
  • Matthew Rossi, Italian
  • Christine Philips, Spanish


  • Miley Lott, Chinese
  • Hallie Stacho, French
  • Jessica D’angelo, Italian
  • Jakob Gorski, Japanese
  • Sydney Schildnecht, Spanish


  • Haleigh Morgus, Chinese
  • Marian Okpali, French
  • Laura Biesiadecki, Italian
  • John Sherman, Japanese
  • Nahal (Aliyah) Sadegh, Spanish
Ellie Mallory

Ellie Mallory

Ellie’s Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and French double major led her to develop a unique skill set and deep empathy for communication challenges

Speech-Language Pathology, Modern Languages & Literatures