ArtsErie announces Poetry Out Loud regional champ

posted on: Thursday, March 01, 2012

Nationwide program encourages study of poetry through recitation

ArtsErie announces that Marissa Works, a freshman at Hickory High School in Hermitage, has been selected as the winner of the regional finals for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program, created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, which encourages the study of poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country.

ArtsErie and the PA Council on the Arts presented the 2012 regional competition, held Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. This year, five students participated in the regional finals. In addition to Works, the following students competed: Annette Hilton, Junior, Meadville Area Senior H.S., 2nd place; Claire Pomorski, Sophomore, Mercyhurst Prep, 3rd place; Megan Kibler, Junior, Collegiate Academy, Honorable Mention; Katelyn Clarahan, Junior, Western PA Christian Orators, Honorable Mention.

The three poems Works chose to recite for her portions of the competition were “Barter” by Sara Teasdale; “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley; and “Early Affection”   by George Moses Horton.

Works was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the Pennsylvania State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, held in March 2012 at the Governor’s Residence, in Harrisburg, PA. The winner of the State Finals will compete at the 2012 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in May in Washington, D.C., where Poetry Out Loud will award $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes to the top three contestants.