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Poetry Out Loud Contest Winners

 

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Taking the most condensed and powerful form of language we have, embodying it and inspiring a room full of people” was the goal for Frederick County high school students who took to the stage January 6 in the national Poetry Out Loud competition, said Deanna Nikaido. Ms. Nikaido coordinates the Poetry Out Loud competition for the Maryland State Arts Council. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the national recitation contest encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. If students can connect with people through the recitation of poetry they will be able to take their own ideas and imaginations into their futures and express themselves in a way people will listen, Nikaido explained.

Each of 10 county-level competitors memorized and recited two poems before an audience brimming with enthusiastic supporters at the Frederick Arts Council, said Carrie Mehl, FCPS teacher specialist for Secondary English/Language Arts.  Frederick Arts Council executive director Shuan Butcher served as master of ceremonies. Guest judges included representatives from the local theater community, poet Daniel Abbott Armstrong, Lucy School founder and director Dr. Victoria Brown, Quest Visual Theater Education/Outreach coordinator Erica Segal and FCPS curriculum specialist for English/Language Arts and Reading Sue Ann Nogle.

Linganore High School senior Alexa Johnson placed first, Catoctin High junior Robin Wivell came in second, and Oakdale High junior Kaylee Anzick won third.  They will advance to Region One competition, which includes Allegany, Baltimore, Frederick and Washington Counties, Saturday, February 11 at 1 p.m. at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (snow date: February 18), 401 Museum Drive in Hagerstown. Regional winners move on to state competition, and those winners compete in national finals in Washington, DC. More than 365,000 students from 2,255 high schools took part in last year’s program.

 

Also competing at the county level were Tuscarora students Sam Bermudez and Patrick Campbell, who presented his poem in American Sign Language, Brunswick students Christine Fontaine and Maureen Groff, Urbana students Rebecca Kneebone and Katharine Toblar, and Catoctin student Karianne Schaefer. 

 

The winner of the Poetry Out Loud Maryland finals will receive $200, and the winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. The state champion will receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, May 14-15, where Poetry Out Loud will bestow a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with $20,000 for the national champion. 

Poetry Out Loud began in 2005 to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Arts agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia administer the program. For more information, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

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