Conor Noonan placed in the top four in the 8th annual Poetry Out Loud National Recitation contest held on March 13, at the Barre Opera House. 38 schools from throughout Vermont participated. Each students was required to memorize two poems for the elimination rounds and then a final third poem for the last round. Conor's two poems were Claude McKay's "Romance" and Ella Wheeler Wilcox's "Solitude." Otter Valley has participated in this competition since it began in 2007.