Poetry Out Loud
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Warsaw Community High School student picked to represent Indiana at Poetry Out Loud national finals
Indianapolis – Feb. 20, 2018 - The Indiana State Library (ISL) and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that Joshua Fisher earned the honor of being named the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Indiana state champion. Fisher will compete against representatives from all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, for the national Poetry Out Loud title on April 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C. The event will be held at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. The semifinals and finals will be webcast live. The Midwest and South Central round, which includes Indiana, will be held on April 24, 2018, beginning at 1 p.m.
Fisher, a sophomore at Warsaw Community High School in Warsaw, qualified for the national finals by winning the Indiana state Poetry Out Loud championship held on Feb. 17, 2018 at the Indiana State Library. He edged out 17 other competitors to win the state title. In addition to the Washington, D.C. trip, Fisher earned a $200 cash prize and $500 for his school to be used to purchase poetry books.
Fisher recited three poems to qualify for the trip to Washington D.C.: “Entirely” by Louis MacNeice, “The Author to Her Book,” by Anne Bradstreet and “I Remember, I Remember” by Thomas Hood.
Runner-up Sophia Delgado of Herron High School in Indianapolis won the Poetry Ourselves competition in which students submitted their own written or spoken word poems. Last year’s Indiana Poetry Ourselves winner, Shelby Newland of Bloomington High School South, went on to place first in the Poetry Ourselves competition at the national finals in Washington, D.C.
Now celebrating its 13th year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. For more information, visit the Poetry Out Loud website.
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How It Works
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 April.
- $200 cash prize
- All expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.
- $500 for their school to purchase literary materials
- Opportunity to compete at the National Finals for college scholarship funds
How to Get Involved
For information and questions, contact the Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator Angela Downs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-232-3692.
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.
This event is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Special thanks to the Indiana Department of Education.