Local Poetry Out Loud winners announced

Juneau area schools and the Juneau School District have announced the winners of the regional contest for Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest.


Katie Jones of Thunder Mountain High School will represent Juneau at the statewide competition in Juneau, to be held on March 27 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. She earned top scores with her recitation of “Sanctuary” by Jean Valentine.

TMHS student Calley Odum, who recited Carl Sandburg’s “I Am the People, the Mob,” is the Juneau alternate.

Other top scorers include: Martin Gjerde (Juneau Douglas High School), Max Blust (JDHS), Alora Pilgrim (TMHS), Andrew Raney (TMHS), DJ Elmore (TMHS), Stephan Hildebrand (TMHS), Ashleigh Watt (JDHS), Katrina Greenleaf (TMHS) and Orion Cohen (JDHS).

The competition, presented in partnership with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to Juneau-area competition (held in Juneau Feb. 13), then on to the Alaska state-wide competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. More than 365,000 students from 2,255 high schools took part in the 2010–2011 Poetry Out Loud program.

The winner of the state-wide competition will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship, May 13-15.

For more information, visit www.poetryoutloud.org, or call 586-ARTS (2787).


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