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For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE
The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa
Contact: Shannon McCue, Education Director
education@tuscarts.org
205-345-9801

 2021-2022 POETRY OUT LOUD DISTRICTS 3/4 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) The regional finals for Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition, took place on December 2, 2021 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Prior to this final round in Tuscaloosa, the West-Central Alabama students from Districts 3/4 participated in a primary competition at their respective high schools.

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 3/4 POL program were eligible to compete in the national/anthology portion of the program, the original poetry portion, a new original category focusing on the ideas of social justice and the challenges of the current time - or all three. The winners listed below in all three categories will compete in the state-wide competition, which will also 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.

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 

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.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council, Bama Theatre or CAC, patrons should like the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

For more information about The Arts Council, Bama Theatre, or Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

 

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