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Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Poetry Out Loud State Finals

February 28, 2011
Contact: Traci Jinkens, Marketing and Development Director
Oklahoma Humanities Council
(405) 235-0280 * [email protected]

Students to Compete in State Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Oklahoma Humanities Council announced that six regional finalists will compete for the state title at the Poetry Out Loud Oklahoma state finals at 10:30 a.m., March 5, at the Lyric Theater at the Plaza in Oklahoma City. The six finalists advanced as winners of four regional finals earlier this month, where twenty-four high schools competed. Regional finals were hosted by East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma City University, the Lawton Public Library, and the Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts and humanities education program for high school students designed to engage young people with poetry through memorization and recitation. The Oklahoma Humanities Council sponsors the state program in cooperation with the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. The project provides curriculum materials for teachers as well as workshops for teachers and students, at no cost, throughout the year.

Competing at the state finals will be Christianna Clark of Mt. St. Mary's High School in Oklahoma City; Hailey Taylor of New Lima High School; Renae Perry of Stillwater High School, Muhammad Habib of Union Intermediate High School in Tulsa; Christina Williams of Sapulpa High School; and Catherine Horton of Lawton High School. The state winner will receive a $200 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D. C., to compete in the national finals where $50,000 in school prizes and student scholarships will be awarded. A $100 prize will be awarded to the second place winner and his or her school will also receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books.

As part of the finals event, Oklahoma State Poet Eddie Wilcoxen will give a reading of his poetry. A free reception to honor the state finalists will follow the awards presentation.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud or the state finals event, contact Manda Overturf at: (405) 235-0280 or [email protected].