Poetry Out Loud is a competition that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. After successful pilot programs in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, POL was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. POL has grown every year with over 365,000 students competing.
Students competing in the 2021-22 District 3/4 POL program were eligible to compete in the national/anthology portion of the program, the original poetry portion, a new original category focusing on social justice, or all three. The winners listed below in all three categories will compete in the state-wide competition, which will be held virtually. Winners in the state level national/anthology portion will then have the opportunity to compete at the national level for a final round.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts sponsored the original poetry and social challenge competitions, and administrates Poetry Out Loud at the state level. Sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation and The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. Shannon McCue, Arts Council Education Director, served as Facilitator in Districts 3/4.
Judges for the day were Jahman Hill – Co-Executive Director/Outreach Director, The Flourish Alabama; Alina Stefanescu – Writer; and Dr. Richard J. Wallace – New College Instructor, The University of Alabama. Martie Sample – Retired Education Specialist, The University of Alabama – served as accuracy judge.
2021-2022 District 3/4 Winners
National Anthology Winners and Advancing Students:
1st Place: Elizabeth McClure, Alabama School of Fine Arts
2nd Place: Lucy Gardner, Indian Springs School
Original Poetry Winners and Advancing Students:
1st Place: Mason Forman, Indian Springs School
2nd Place: Atticus Hill, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Also advancing: Aviva Goldberg, Indian Springs School
Also advancing: Melany Morgan, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Social Justice Poetry Winners and Advancing Students:
1st Place: Lucy Gardner, Indian Springs School
2nd Place: Mikaela Ravizee, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Also advancing: Ellis Carter, Indian Springs School
Poetry Out Loud is a program made possible by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.