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Deadline nears for Poetry Out Loud competition

Posted: October 4, 2012 - 12:04am

The registration deadline for Poetry Out Loud, the national recitation contest, is Oct. 15.

Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. During fall and winter 2012-2013, schools are invited to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, advancing to a state competition. The Alaska State Finals will be held March 19 in Juneau. State champions will advance to the National Finals, to take place on April 29-30, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

The curriculum has been designed to fit into a teacher’s busy schedule. The program takes place over two to three weeks, according to each teacher’s interest, and it does not require full class periods. The program may be incorporated with existing poetry units.

Each state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. The state champion’s school will receive a $500 stipend for poetry books. The first runner-up in each state will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in cash and school stipends at the National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion.

The registration form and information is available online on the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s website, at jahc.org/arts-education/poetry-out-loud/.

For more information about the Alaska program, call the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at 907-586-2787 or visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

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