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Eight Wyoming high school students to participate in Poetry Out Loud competition

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The Wyoming Arts Council will be hosting the state Poetry Out Loud competition on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the historic Atlas Theatre. 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." 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 three poems each, and 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. *Feature photo: Dylan Collins, the 2015 winner from Arvada-Clearmont High School / Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news #whatshappening