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18 schools to compete in Poetry Out Loud state competition

Winning student advances to national championships

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 1, 2016) — Eighteen Kentucky schools will compete on Feb. 23 at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort in the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition.

artsPoetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Competitors reach the state level after competing at the classroom and school-wide levels.

The state champion receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to the national championships from May 2-4 in Washington, D.C.

The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up receives $100, with $200 going to his or her school library.

“Poetry Out Loud continues to build in popularity each year, and we hope to continue the momentum we’ve built for it here in Kentucky,” said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. “We also hope to add to the number of professional mentors helping students prepare their pieces. This process gives the added benefit of exposing students to professionals in the creative industry.”

Participating schools:

  • Allen County-Scottsville High School, Scottsville
  • Betsy Layne High School, Betsy Layne *
  • Boyd County High School, Ashland
  • Butler Traditional High School, Louisville
  • Central Hardin High School, Cecilia *
  • Conner High School, Hebron *
  • Elizabethtown High School, Elizabethtown
  • George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester
  • Grant County High School, Dry Ridge
  • Graves County High School, Mayfield
  • Hart County High School, Munfordville
  • Leslie County High School, Hyden
  • McCracken County High School, Paducah
  • Meade County High School, Brandenburg *
  • Phelps Junior and Senior High School, Phelps
  • Pike County Central High School, Pikeville
  • West Carter High School, Olive Hill
  • Western Hills High School, Frankfort

* Denotes a school new to the Poetry Out Loud program in 2016