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Sanford freshman to compete in nat'l poetry competition

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Sanford freshman Jordan McMillan is getting the word out: the spoken word.

She's representing Delaware in the National Poetry Out Loud competition this weekend in Washington, D.C.

Jordan McMillan: "It didn't really register that I won. It was really cool, and then I got home, and I was like, 'Whoa, I was the first in the state. That's kind of awesome.'"

This poet writes all her own stuff and prefers when it doesn't rhyme.

McMillan: "The poetry I write is relatable to other people. But I write it for myself."

Her words sound like a monologue, and at times, you may forget it's even a poem.

McMillan: "What I like most about poetry is how you can capture certain things without even stating what those things are."

She pushes her nerves aside, even with her heart pounding, and gets up on that stage and becomes someone else entirely.

McMillan: "Very much so portraying a character, who has something to say."

And McMillan ALWAYS has something to say--with one exception.

McMillan: "If I won nationals, I... no words could describe how happy I would be."

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