DeForest Area High School held its second annual Poetry Out Loud competition, where Audrey Williams, Kylie Rogers and Gillian Staeven advanced to the regional level. DeForest then hosted the regional competition on February 11th at DeForest Area High School. Junior, Gillian Staeven, earned first place and will be advancing to the state competition to be held March 12th at the Chazen Museum at UW-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 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! 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/.