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23 Kentucky schools to compete in state Poetry Out Loud competition

Scheduled for March 7

Naomi Cliett won last year’s state competition as a senior at Elizabethtown High School.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2017) — Twenty-three Kentucky schools will send students to compete on March 7 for the title of state champion in the Poetry Out Loud statewide competition.

Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The competition starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to schoolwide competition, then to the state competition in March at the Grand Theatre in Frankfort. The state champion will represent Kentucky at the Poetry Out Loud national finals April 25-26 in Washington, D.C.

A group of storytellers, poets and stage performers from the Kentucky Arts Council’s Teaching Artists Directory will be visiting each of the participating schools to mentor students on how to improve their recitations.

The winner of the state finals receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. 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.

Participating schools are:

  • Allen County-Scottsville High School
  • Augusta Independent Schools
  • Barbourville High School
  • Betsy Layne High School
  • Bowling Green High School
  • Boyle County High School
  • Central Hardin High School
  • Clay County High School
  • Conner High School
  • Elizabethtown High School
  • George Rogers Clark High School
  • Grant County High School
  • Hart County High School
  • Leslie County High School
  • Livingston Central High School
  • Marshall County High School
  • McCracken County High School
  • Middlesboro High School
  • Moore Traditional School
  • Phelps Junior and Senior High School
  • Red Bird Christian School
  • Trimble County High School
  • West Carter High School