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Spotlight on Poetry Out Loud, Raquel Ndirangu (class of 22)

Senior Raquel Ndirangu was a runner-up in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition.

Listen to her perform Claudia Rankine's poem "Don't Let Me Be Lonely (at the airport)".

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