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The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have once again partnered with the Indiana Arts Commission to support Poetry Out Loud, a program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This exciting, FREE program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Classrooms, clubs, and groups from all over the nation participate in Poetry Out Loud.
Competitions are first held at the school level to decide the student that will represent their school at the state finals. The state champion will go on to represent Indiana at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington D.C.!
Eighteen high school students from across Indiana competed in the 2014 Indiana Poetry Out Loud competition on Saturday, February 22 at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Central Branch. Emma Libersky of Plymouth High School took top honors, becoming the first repeat State Champion in the eight year history of the event. Emma will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent Indiana in the National Finals in late April.
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Registration for the 2015 competition will open in late 2014.
The winner at the state level receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the National Finals competition in April.
The state winner's school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.
The state runner-up receives $100, with $200 for his/her school library.
A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship award for the National Champion.
Any public or private high school in the state is welcome and encouraged to participate. Over 250,000 students are expected to participate in the program this year. For more information, contact Sarah Fronczek at firstname.lastname@example.org or317-232-1268.