District hosts first Poetry Out Loud competition

(Left to right) Kaitlyn Franz, Kylie Rogers, Chloe Kepler. Kylie will be advancing on to the State Competition of Poetry Out Loud, a National recitation contest.

DeForest held its first ever Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 26 at DeForest Area High School, where Kaitlyn Franz, Chloe Kepler, and Kylie Rogers advanced to the regional level. DeForest then hosted the regional competition on February 5th at DeForest Area High School. Freshman, Kylie Rogers, earned first place and will be advancing to the state competition held March 14th in Madison.

Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation for students in grades 9-12. It is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Poems are selected from the Poetry Out Loud print or online anthology, which is updated every summer.

Middle school English teacher, Julie Bernards, organized the first-ever competition. “There are talented performers and writers in our district and I want to find as many opportunities as possible for them to make it matter with poetry! This is a National program and I want to build DeForest’s involvement in it. I am so proud of these girls for working hard, following through, and being committed to this endeavor.”
More information is available at http://www.poetryoutloud.org/.

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