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Poetry Out Loud

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 District 3 POL program were eligible to compete in the national/anthology portion of the program, the original poetry portion, or both. The Alabama State Council on the Arts sponsored the original poetry competition. Traveling to Montgomery, Ala. in 2019, the winners in both the anthology and original poetry portions will compete in the state-wide competition. Winners in the national/anthology portion will then have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for a final round.

Sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.

2019-2020 Dates

GRADES: High School
TUSCALOOSA DATES:

-In School Competitions: by October 18, 2019

-Student Entry forms due: October 21

-Finding Your Voice Workshop: October 22 at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center

-Regional Competition: November 14 at DWCAC

-Entry Forms from Regional Winners for State Competition: December 13

-Intensive Coaching for Regional Winners: January 23, 2020 at DWCAC

-State Competition: February 17, 2020 in Montgomery

 

2018-2019 District 3 Winners Announced

The regional finals for Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition, took place on Nov. 15, 2018 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Prior to this final round in Tuscaloosa, the West-Central Alabama students from District 3 participated in a primary competition at their respective high schools.

National/Anthology Winners:

1st Place: Heather Leigh Khamis – Indian Springs School
2nd Place: Kendall Victoria Owens – Indian Springs School
3rd Place: Marissa Grace Spencer – Tuscaloosa County High School

Advancing to state competition:

Heather Leigh Khamis – Indian Springs School
Marissa Grace Spencer – Tuscaloosa County High School
Jesalyn Jenae Dial – Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic School

Original-winners & advancing to state:

1st Place: Heather Leigh Khamis – Indian Springs School
2nd Place: Zachary Tyler Jones – Tuscaloosa County High School
3rd Place: Helena Grace Lewellyn – Tuscaloosa County High School
4th Place: Haley Clancy – Hale County High School
5th Place: J’Shell Leah Rice – Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic School

Judges for the day were Erma Hinton, Beth Feller and Tina Turley. Martie Sample served as Accuracy Judge, Kevin Ledgewood was Prompter and Sheriah Gibson was scorekeeper for the competition.

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Poetry Out Loud is a program made possible by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.