Thank you Poetry Out Loud volunteers

Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation would like to thank the many volunteers who contributed to the 2010 Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Championships held Feb. 23 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Project encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Seven Alaskan high school students traveled to Juneau to compete in the event.

The success of the Poetry Out Loud Alaska State Championships would not be possible without the generous support of the many volunteers. Thank you volunteers: Patty George, Mary Becker, Stan Lujan, Karen Mitchell, Annie Calkins, Nancy DeCherney, Rebecca Hartwell, James Everett, Jim Gage, John George, Tavyn Gentry, Jim Mahan, Jan Neimer, Jack Campbell, Ruth Glenn, Heather Hadley, Jon Hays, Julie Heard, Ariel Rolfe, Zach Stenson, Grace Lumba, Debbie Chalmers, Leslie Scranton, and the many Poetry Out Loud teacher liaisons that brought poetry into the classrooms across Alaska. Thank you, also, for the support from the Alaska State Literacy Association, the Alaska State Writing Consortium, University of Alaska Southeast, the Juneau School District, Delta Kappa Gamma, 360 North, and Holland America Princess.

We would also like to thank the judges of the event: Willie Hensley, Emily Wall, David Hunsaker, Heather Lende, Linda Schandelmeier, Charlotte Fox, MJ Grande, and Olga Lijo, and guest speakers: Ben Brown, Mayor Bruce Botelho, Robyn Holloway, Kaleigh Lambert and the Master of Ceremonies Joe Nelson.

Last, thank you talented contestants: April Hostetter from Igiugig, Susan Way from North Pole, Berett Wilber from Sitka, Elizabeth Porter from Delta Junction, Kristen Luchsinger from Wasilla, Sami Martinez from Juneau, and our new State Champion Jessica Wilder from Chugiak who will be traveling to Washington DC for the National Championships in April.

Rebecca Hartwell

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council

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