Mother Seton Student Wins Elocution Contest At Kean

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Marylou Motto, forensics coach; Lauren Sauer, North Plainfield and Hannah Clark, Scotch Plains. (Photo by Joan Barron/Mother Seton RHS)

CLARK — Lauren Sauer, a sophomore at Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, took first place on Friday, April 27, in Kean University’s 75th Annual Poetry Elocution Contest.

Competing against students from 14 other New Jersey high schools, Sauer presented expressively a program of poems by Sylvia Plath. Sauer, who resides in North Plainfield, had not done public speaking before this school year when she joined the forensics team at Mother Seton.

Junior Hannah Clark of Scotch Plains also attended the contest from Mother Seton. Clark, who performed poems by Dylan Thomas, achieved a place as a semi-finalist.

Dr. Nira Gupta-Casale, Department of English, Kean University, was the contest director. She noted that the contest was being held this year in April, a month made famous in poems by Geoffrey Chaucer and T.S. Eliot—and the month named National Poetry Month by Congress.

Forensics coach Dr. Marylou Motto, who teaches English at Mother Seton, was jubilant about the day: “Both Lauren and Hannah chose difficult poetry that they loved. I couldn’t be any more pleased or proud of their performances.”

Mother Seton Regional High School, a Catholic school for girls, is located just off the Garden State Parkway in Clark.

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