Poetry Out Loud is a national competition in which various students compete in poetry memorization and recitation. The program starts at the classroom and moves onto the regional level in partnership with an area organization — in our case, Ohio Arts Council. Qualifying students have the chance to compete at a state level, and even a national level (held at Washington D.C.), where the winner takes home a $20,000 cash prize.
Students came from Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (Amaira Cochran), Christian Academy Schools (Savannah Baughman), Lehman Catholic High School (Thomas Schmiesing), Piqua High School (Trista Boeke) and Xenia High School (Hiba Loukssi).
The Poetry Out Loud West Central Ohio Regional Finals was held at Edison State Community College in Piqua, Ohio.
The 2023 competition occurred on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm.
The national arts education program encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials in stride of the national competition. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
Congratulations to the 2023 West Central Ohio Regional Finals champion, Hiba Loukssi, and runner up, Trista Boeke!
It was surely a close competition as each student presented an excellent night of poetry recitation and celebration of the literary arts, with just 2 points separating 2nd and 3rd place.
Loukssi and Boeke will compete in the State Finals on Friday, March 10 at 6pm in Columbus.
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