Students Invited to Participate in Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud Competition

Students Invited to Participate in Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud Competition

Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow presents the first-place certificate to Dylan Collins of Arvada-Clearmont High School at the 2015 Poetry Out Loud awards ceremony in March at the State Capitol in Cheyenne.

WYOMING — The Wyoming Arts Council invites interested teachers and students to take part in Poetry Out Loud (POL), the national recitation and memorization contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Designed specifically for students in grades 9-12 attending public, private or home schools, the POL program is a fun way to teach and learn language arts standards through poetry.

The sign-up deadline for Wyoming Poetry Out Loud is Dec. 18, 2015.

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The program materials are available now from the Wyoming Arts Council. The school contests will take place through Jan. 22. The state finals will take place in Cheyenne March 7-8, 2016. Program materials are also available on the web site.

Poetry Out Loud builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, encouraging the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Students can work on mastering comprehension, public speaking, acting, performance, drama and English skills while building self-confidence and internalizing our rich literary heritage.

Student contestants in 2015 came from Sundance, Buffalo, Hulett, Kaycee, Riverton, Casper, Clearmont, and Jackson.

Dylan Collins, who was a senior at Arvada-Clearmont High School last year, won the 2015 Wyoming Poetry Out Loud competition. It was the sixth consecutive year that an Arvada-Clearmont student has won the state title in the program’s 10-year history.

As is the case with all state winners, Collins and a chaperone received an expenses-paid trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C. Collins was one of only 53 students in a competition that involved 1,500 high schools and 365,000 students nationwide. More than $50,000 in scholarship money is at stake at the national finals, which will be held May 4, at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Schools interested in participating in Wyoming’s Poetry Out Loud competition, that needs further information or a packet of printed program materials, please contact Rachel Clifton at Rachel.clifton@wyo.gov307-777-5305.