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Haley Bryan from Grant County High School recited three poems which included ‘Enough’ by Susan Buffam, ‘Self-Portrait’ by Chase Twichell and ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson in Kentucky’s 15 high school Poetry Out Loud competition.
Students competed for the title of state champion and the opportunity to represent the Commonwealth at the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C.
The program is coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council.
“The Poetry Out Loud state competition is an exciting day for the school champions and their peers who travel to Frankfort,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “It really is inspiring to see how these students come alive when they are reciting poetry and how their classmates respond to their performances. Poetry Out Loud is an outstanding example of arts education at work.”
Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to school-wide competition, then to the state competition and ultimately to the national finals.
Since starting in 2006, Poetry Out Loud has grown to more than 365,000 students competing in 2011-12. For a general overview of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest visit www.poetryoutloud.org.