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Academy student's poems to be read include: The charge of the....

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The Wyoming Arts Council hosts the state Poetry Out Loud competition on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the historic Atlas Theatre. A Riverton student from the Western Heritage Lutheran Academy is one of eight students participating. Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Barrett Building. The public is invited to attend both events. Poetry Out Loud is the national recitation and memorization contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Designed specifically for students in grades 9-12 attending public, private or home schools, the POL program is a fun way to teach and learn language arts standards through poetry. The school champion from Western Heritage Lutheran Academy who will be competing in the state competition is Chase Marple. Marple has selected three poems to read during the event. Those poems include: • A Barred Owl by Richard Wilbur • Dreamers by Siegfried Sassoon • and, The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Eight students from high schools around Wyoming will participate in the state competition. Participating schools are: Kaycee High School, Western Heritage Lutheran Academy (Riverton), Sundance Secondary School, Summit High School (Jackson), Star Lane Center (Casper), Worland High School, Upton High School, and Buffalo High School. Each school champion will recite 3 poems each. The state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the National Finals. The state champion’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up will receive $100; his or her school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books. This year’s judges for the state competition are Colorado poet Adrian Molina, Wyoming poet Matt Daly and Wyoming’s Poet Laureate A. Rose Hill. Poetry Out Loud builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, encouraging the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Students can work on mastering comprehension, public speaking, acting, performance, drama and English skills while building self-confidence and internalizing our rich literary heritage. #county10 #news