Student writes poem, turns it into popular YouTube video

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A YouTube video created by Frontier High School students is creating a lot of buzz. In the video, student Ryan Lotocki reads a poem he wrote about standardized testing and modern education policies.

Lotocki and Nick Stroczkowski, the videographer, spoke to News 4 about their video on Wednesday.

Lotocki said he wrote the poem when his principal asked him to write a piece about what he liked about the school for the superintendent. He said he “found it to be a unique opportunity to be heard.”

“I saw it as an opportunity to be heard and get my voice out there. Because, I don’t think the system is bad, but I think it could be better,” Lotocki said.

Stroczowski, who has known Lotocki for years, said he decided to get involved when he heard Lotocki read the poem and was “blown away.”

“In the back of my head I was like, ‘I want to make a video of that.’ Then in January Ryan was like, ‘Hey Nick. Want to make a video of that?’ Then, here are.”

When it comes to what Lotocki would like to see in the education agenda, he said he would like to see a focus on values and individuality.

Click here to see the video on YouTube.

The poem reads in part, “Let us use our positions based on our passions, values and where we can be proactive… make schooling less multiple choice and more interactive.”

The video was uploaded on Monday and already has more than 25,000 views. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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