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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Ohio Arts Council is pleased to announce that Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation contest for high school students, will be available throughout Ohio in 2013-14. Students who participate in the contest will memorize and perform classical and contemporary poetry. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level. Teachers organize contests with one class or can involve a whole school. Winners from each participating school will advance to the state finals to be held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Ohio Dominican University in the Matesich Theatre, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH.

The winner at the state level will receive $300 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Two runners-up will receive a cash prize for themselves and for their school libraries. Additionally, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is given annually at the National Finals, including a $20,000 cash prize for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion. The National Finals will be held in Washington, DC, April 28-30, 2014.

Poetry Out Loud Recent Winner
2013 Ohio Poetry Out Loud Champion Taribo Osuobeni at the POL state Finals in Columbus, OH.
 
Photo by Todd Callentine

 

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Ohio's Poetry Out Loud State Champions

 
Jackson Hille
Jackson Hille ('06)
Tony Jackson
Tony Jackson ('07)
Rachel Chandler
Rachel Chandler ('08)
Mido Aly
Mido Aly ('09)
Lynsay Strahorn
Lynsay Strahorn ('10)
Caira Lee
Caira Lee ('11)
Makala White
Makala White ('12)
 
 

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