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Grant County sophomore heads to Poetry Out Loud National Finals

Will represent Kentucky in Washington D.C.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — Grant County High School sophomore Haley Bryan will represent Kentucky at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Haley Bryan
Haley Bryan

Bryan, 16, was one of 14 state finalists who competed in the first and second rounds of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud competition March 12 at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort. She advanced to the final round based on her recitations of “Domestic Situation” by Ernest Hilbert and “For Love” by Robert Creeley. In the final round, Bryan clinched the state championship with her recitation of “Revenge” by Letitia Elizabeth Landon. She will recite the same three poems with her to Washington.

“I’ve always had a passion for poetry,” Bryan said. “To be able to be in a competition like this where poetry inspires people means so much to me.”

The 53 national finalists advanced from a field of more than 365,000 students nationwide and will gather to match skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry, from William Shakespeare to Maya Angelou.

The top national finalists and their schools will receive $50,000 in awards, including $20,000 for the winner.

The competition will stream live online 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday, and 7 p.m.-9:15 p.m. on Wednesday on the National Endowment for the Arts website.