Kentucky Arts Council Announces Poetry Out Loud State Finals
The Kentucky Arts Council will be hosting the state finals for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. On March 30 at 10:00 a.m. EST, 20 high school students from 10 high schools will compete at the Hill Student Center on the campus of Kentucky State University, Frankfort. The winner of this competition will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC in May 2006, where $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded.
The competition presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Art and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.
The winner and runner up students from each of the ten schools in Kentucky that will compete are: Brandon Evilla and Kendra Holloway, Christian County High School; Mason Scisco and Ross Johnson, Danville High School; Scott Ross and Amanda Redeke, Deming High School; Chauncy Rhodes and Antoyia Mallory, Doss High School; Michelle Rodgers and Katie Goldey, George Rogers Clark High School; Tiffany Logan and Ashley Underwood, Greenup County High School; Alexa Klein and Scott Whitehouse, Madison Central High School; Natalie Blake and Will Bates, Mercer County High School; Danielle DuMuro and Tawni Koch, Simon Kenton High School; and Price Dunlap and Dean Muir, Trimble County High School.
Kentucky Poet Laureate Sena Jeter Naslund, poet Frank X. Walker and Chairman of the Northern Kentucky University Theatre Department, Ken Jones will serve as judges. Special guest Dan Stone, Program Director for National Initiatives of the National Endowment for the Arts, will also attend the Kentucky Finals and award the state’s finalists.
“Poetry Out Loud has been a wonderful opportunity to engage Kentucky high school students with great poetry and the literary arts,” said Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows. “The Arts Council is pleased to be a part of this national program.”
For more information, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.
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The Kentucky Arts Council is a state agency in the Commerce Cabinet. Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council invests in programs that develop vibrant communities, provide lifelong education in the arts and support arts participation. Every $1 in grant funds awarded by the Kentucky Arts Council helps grantees secure $15 in earned income and matching funds from individuals, philanthropic sources and other levels of government.