National Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners (Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)
Katie Earl (left), a senior at Ephrata High School, has been selected as first place to represent Ephrata Senior High School at the regional level of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry competition. Her winning recitation was the John Keats ballad “La Belle Dame sans Merci.” She will compete at the Ware Center in Lancaster on Tuesday, January 29. Hannah Grube (right), a junior, took second place with her entry “Undivided Attention” by Taylor Mali; and sophomore Madison Stewart (middle) won third place with her entry, “Work Without Hope” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Poetry Out Loud is a recitation competition that was created by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2006. The program encourages students to explore great poetry through memorization and recitation. Building self-confidence, mastering public speaking and learning about literary history are some of the outcomes of Poetry Out Loud.
The winner of the regional competition will advance to the state level to be held Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4. State winners attend the national finals in Washington D.C. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at this level and beyond. ... See MoreSee Less