Poetry Idol at Horace Mann Elementary

By Bill Webster

Poetry Idol at Horace Mann Elementary

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 5:09 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a competition with a twist.

Horace Mann Elementary hosts its version of the American Idol incorporating poetry.

Fourth and fifth graders were selected to present on stage in front of the entire school.

A panel of celebrity judges, feauturing Max from the B-Sens and Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, graded the students according to pace, clarity, expression, and preparedness.

"It didn't matter if you won or not, it was just for the experience of being on the stage and getting to recite your poem," said 4th grader Pilar Finsel.

Twenty-three students performed in the recital.

Shel Silverstein's poems were most popular among the students.

This was the eighth year the school has hosted the idol competition.

"It's ok if you don't win," said 4th grader Maddie Davy. "It was really fun listening to the other poems I've never heard before."