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The state finals were held on February 18, 2017 at the Indianapolis Public Library's Central Branch. Shelby Newland (pictured above) of Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Ind. earned the honor of being named the 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion.
In 2017 the Indiana State Library took ownership of this extraordinary program. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation are supporting partners to Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding.
Competitions at the school or classroom level will be held during the fall semester to identify one student winner who will represent their school at the state finals and compete for the chance to represent Indiana at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in early May. The State Champion receives:
All materials and resources will be provided. Any public or private high school in the state is welcome and encouraged to participate. Homeschooled students may participate by joining in a registered high school's competition or by organizing a contest with other homeschooled students.
For information and questions, contact the Poetry Out Load State Coordinator, Wendy Knapp at wknapp@library.IN.gov or 317-232-3691.