Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest, is gearing up for another season. Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, this contest encourages high-school students to learn great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Starting in December, students can participate in classroom, school and regional contests. Finalists advance to a state competition in Juneau on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. The state champion will then travel to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C., on April 27-29, 2010. The National winner receives a $20,000 college scholarship.
General information on Poetry Out Loud is available from Poetry Out Loud at www.poetryoutloud.org. Local information is available by calling JAHC at 586-ARTS (2787).
The deadline for schools to register students for this opportunity is Nov. 12, 2010. Regional finalists will be selected no later than Feb. 10, 2011.