Regional Poetry Out Loud Contest Announced

October 29, 2018 Kelley Gibson News 0 Comments

Calling all high school teachers! Are you interested in ways to inspire your students to love both written and oral language? Want to improve their public–speaking skills and confidence in using language?  Poetry Out Loud may be just the thing!

Are you a high school student seeking scholarships? Who enjoys poetry and the arts? Who wants to improve your public speaking skills? It you don’t already have one, speak to your English Department Chair or school principal to get a Poetry Out Loud competition started in your school!

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It challenges high school students (grades 9 – 12) across the nation to memorize and recite poetry and use these skills in a competition.  What’s great is that its heart, POL is a scholarship contest.  The Pennsylvania state winner will receive $200 and an expense-free trip (with a chaperone) to the national contest in Washington, DC with more than $50,000 in scholarships up for grabs. And what’s great is that it is free to participate!

POL features poetry representing different cultures and worldviews. Students choose poems to memorize from the hundreds available from the POL anthology and recite them in a competitive format within the POL guidelines.

POL can be done both in and out of the classroom. Many teachers find that POL fits nicely with their established curriculum; suggested lesson plans are available, minimizing teacher prep.

The Cultural Alliance of York is the regional sponsor of POL for York, Adams, Franklin, and Fulton counties and holds the annual competition. This year the regional contest will be at the historic Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, PA on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7pm. The registration deadline for the regional competition is December 3.

The winner will advance to the state competition on March 4, and the state winner will then compete at the national level in May 2019. For more information or to register, contact Hilary Trout at culturalalliancepol@gmail.com. Information, rules, judging criteria, and poems are available on the Poetry Out Loud website www.poetryoutloud.org and the Cultural Alliance of York website www.culturalyork.org.


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