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Columbus Schools to Participate at Poetry Out Loud Finals

Students from 19 Indiana schools to compete in statePoetry Out Loud finals

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that 19 Indiana schools will send participants to the annual Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Finals, February 22, at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Central Branch, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis. Competition begins at 11:00 a.m.

Indiana high schools scheduled to participate include:

Anderson Preparatory Academy                   Anderson, IN
Bloomington High School South                   Bloomington, IN
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School                Indianapolis, IN
Broad Ripple Magnet High School                 Indianapolis, IN
Brown County High School                           Nashville, IN
Canterbury School                                       Fort Wayne, IN
Columbus Christian School                           Columbus, IN
Columbus Signature Academy New Tech      Columbus, IN
Eagle Tech Academy at Columbia City HS     Columbia City, IN
Eastern Greene High School                         Bloomfield, IN
Forest Park Jr. – Sr. High School                  Ferdinand, IN
Homestead High School                               Fort Wayne, IN
La Lumiere School                                        LaPorte, IN
Pike High School                                          Indianapolis, IN
Plymouth High School                                  Plymouth, IN
Scottsburg New Tech High School                Scottsburg, IN
Signature School                                         Indianapolis, IN
Todd Academy                                             Indianapolis, IN
Warsaw Community High School                  Warsaw, IN

“We are very excited to have schools from across the state, from rural as well as cities, taking part in this year’s state finals,” said Sarah Fronczek, IAC Poetry Out Loud project coordinator. “This year’s weather has made it challenging for schools to hold their local competitions, so it is inspiring that so many have supported students’ time and efforts required to prepare for the event by ensuring selection of school winners to attend the state finals. It is evidence that teachers and students recognize and value the power and experience of sharing the written and spoken word.”

The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in thePoetry Out Loud National Finals in late April. The state champion’s school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.

Emma Libersky, Plymouth High School, Plymouth, Indiana, was the 2012/2013 Indiana State Champion.

A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends will be awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the national champion.

Launched in 2006, the annual poetry recitation contest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, and is open to any Indiana high school. Participating high schools conduct initial competitions to determine one student to represent the school at the state finals.

The Poetry Out Loud program is designed to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, and help students master public speaking skills, build self-esteem, and internalize an appreciation for American literary heritage.

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.