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ArtsErie to host regional Poetry Out Loud competition on February 16 at Allegheny College

posted on: Thursday, February 14, 2013

Five high school students from Crawford, Erie and Mercer counties to participate


ArtsErie and the PA Council on the Arts are proud to present the 2013 regional competition for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest on February 16 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts at Allegheny College in Meadville. 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. The winner of this year’s regional competition will go on to compete at the state finals on March 11 at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. 

Participating students are: Sara Cruz, Fairview High School, Fairview, Erie County; Annette Hilton, Meadville High School, Meadville, Crawford County; Kyle Kuhns, Maplewood High School, Guys Mills, Crawford County; Rosie Pregler, Mercyhurst Preparatory High School, Erie, Erie County; and Marissa Works, Hickory High School, Hermitage, Mercer County.

James West will speak on behalf of the PA Council on the Arts. PA State Rep. Michele Brooks will attend. Ron Hayes, Erie County Poet Laureate, will serve as one of the judges, along with Lora Zill, ArtsErie Poetry Out Loud Coordinator; Donna Baker, English teacher, Conneaut Valley High School; and Jan Hyatt, coordinator, Creating Landscapes Educational Programs for Children, Teens, and Young Adults.

Poetry Out Loud Winner

posted on: Friday, March 04, 2011

ArtsErie Announces “Poetry Out Loud” Regional Champion;

Winner to Compete in State Finals on March 14


            ArtsErie announces that Jillian Johannes, a sophomore at Mercyhurst Prep, 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 2011 regional competition, held Saturday February 19, 2011 at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. This year, three students participated in the regional finals. In addition to Johannes, the following students competed: Katelyn Baker, a home-schooled student with the Western Pennsylvania Christian Orators, who placed second in this year’s contest. Placing third in the competition was Megan Kibler, a student at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy.

The three poems Johannes chose to recite for her portion of the competition were “Hope” is the Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickenson, “Altruism” by Molly Peacock, and “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden. She was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the Pennsylvania State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, which will be held on Monday, March 14th 2011 at the Governor’s Residence, in Harrisburg, PA. There she will be vying for the opportunity to compete at the National Finals, to be held on April 29, 2011 in Washington, D.C., where Poetry Out Loud will award $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes to the winner.  

For more information regarding the Poetry Out Loud competition, click here. You can also contact our Arts in Education Program Manager, Holly Nowak, at holly@artserie.org or by phone at (814) 452-3427


ArtsErie Announces Poetry Out Loud Regional Champion

posted on: Monday, March 01, 2010

Winner to Compete in State Finals on March 15

ERIE, PA —
ArtsErie announces that Katelyn Clarahan, a home-schooled high school freshman from Franklin, Pa., has been selected as the winner of the regional finals of 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 2010 regional competition, held Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Allegheny College in Meadville. This year, four students participated in the regional finals. In addition to Clarahan, the following students competed: Lucy Crozier, junior, Meadville High School, Meadville; Rachel Golden, sophomore, Mercyhurst Preparatory School, Erie; and Nate Repasz, senior, NW PA Collegiate Academy, Erie.

Clarahan is the daughter of Robert and Terri Clarahan, who is also her teacher, and a member of the Western PA Christian Orators homeschool speech club, taught by Gaye Welton. She was awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the Pennsylvania state finals for Poetry Out Loud, to be held on Monday, March 15, 2010 at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg. There, she will be among 13 students from across the state vying for the opportunity to compete at the national finals, to be held in April 2010 in Washington, D.C., where Poetry Out Loud will award $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes.

Contestants in Poetry Out Loud memorize and recite works they select from an anthology of more than 500 classic and contemporary poems. Students then advance to the National Finals through competitions at the classroom, school, regional and state levels. The judges for the 2010 regional competition were ArtsErie Poetry Out Loud coordinator Lora Zill; as well as Donna Baker; Robyn Crago; Jan Hyatt; and Mary Morris.

The 2009-10 academic year marks ArtsErie's fifth year as regional host for area high schools. High Schools in Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mercer, Lawrence, Venango, Forest, McKean, Potter, Elk and Cameron were eligible to compete as part of ArtsErie's region.

To receive information about participating in next year’s competition, contact Holly Nowak, ArtsErie’s Arts in Education Program Manager, at (814) 452-3427. Additional information about Poetry Out Loud is available online at www.poetryoutloud.org