Empire Tea and Coffee was the setting for today’s fifth grade Poetry Slam. Each student performed their original poems for their classmates, teachers, and parents. Afterward, they enjoyed some hot chocolate before returning to school.
In the second installment of the four part series, Ken Read and Louis Mariorenzi will share their respective adventure stories and the dedication, challenges and sacrifices made to achieve their goals.
Ken Read is considered to be one of the world’s most accomplished sailors. He has twice helmed America’s Cup programs in 2000 and 2003 and was twice named “United States Rolex Yachtsman of the Year.” He has 46 World, North American, and National Championships to his credit. Most recently he skippered the PUMA Ocean racing team in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. Ken Read is from Newport, RI.
Louis Mariorenzi is an avid mountaineer who is on a mission to conquer the Seven Summits – the highest peaks in each of the 7 continents. He has summited the highest peaks in North and South America, Antartica, Africa, and in May of 2011, he summited Mt. Everest. Louis hails from Jamestown, RI and is an orthopedic surgeon.