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Poetry Out Loud: Nebraska!

Congratulations Maggie Harris of Thayer Central Community Schools, the 2016 Poetry Out Loud Nebraska state champion!

Nebraska's Poetry Out Loud state compeition took place Saturday, March 12, at the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln. Maggie Harris, a 9th-grader from Thayer Central Community Schools in Hebron, won first place and will represent Nebraska at the national competition in Washington, DC, May 2-4. Her teacher is Anne Roesner Heitmann.

First runner-up was 12th-grader Jesse Kruse from Hartington Cedar Catholic High School, and 2nd runner-up was Bailee Laws from Parkview Christian School in Lincoln.

Schools represented at state finals included:
Cedar Catholic High School (Hartington)
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School (Bellevue)
Omaha Central High School
OPS Integrated Learning Program (Omaha)
Parkview Christian School (Lincoln)
St. Patrick High School (North Platte)
Seward High School
Skutt Catholic High School (Omaha)
Thayer Central Community Schools (Hebron)
Wahoo High School
York High School

Note: Students from Gothenburg and McCook high schools also qualified for state finals, but were unable to participate on March 12.

Poetry Out Loud meets many Nebraska state standards in English Language Arts and Theatre.

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition and educational program for high school students. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with the Nebraska Arts Council and arts agencies in all 50 states to sponsor POL.  Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, which help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about our literary heritage.

POL is free of charge. Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with free multimedia curriculum materials and personalized technical support to carry out classroom and schoolwide activities. Complementary in-school poetry recitation workshops led by professional poets and performing artists  are also available to participating Nebraska schools.  Each year, school-level recitation champions advance to regional semi-finals. Regional winners then move on to the state competition in Lincoln. Nebraska's state winner receives a monetary award, as well as a free trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals for over $50,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud website to learn more.

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