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Announcing Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 19

Announcing Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 19

COLUMBUS, OH—The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) will host the annual Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Finals on Saturday, March 19 at WOSU@COSI in downtown Columbus at 1:30 pm. Ohio’s first Poet Laureate, Dr. Amit Majmudar, will be the guest poet and former State Senator Eric Kearney, who authored the state’s Poet Laureate legislation, will emcee the event. The event is free and open to the public.

In its 11th year, POL has expanded across Ohio with the introduction of three regional semifinals in Dayton, Cleveland, and Columbus. The semifinals concluded March 5, with 12 exceptional Ohio high school student winners moving on to compete at the POL State Finals.

2016 STATE FINALISTS

·         Thomas Ellison, Chaminade-Julienne High School (Dayton)   

·         Briana McGee, Springfield High School (Springfield)

·         Ashley Stull, Kettering Fairmont High School (Kettering)

·         Corrina Mullins, Archbishop Hoban High School (Akron)

·         Chelsea Hayden, Ellet High School (Akron)

·         Genevieve Urban, The Lyceum (South Euclid)

·         Natalie Keyes, Columbus School for Girls (Columbus)

·         Meara Maccabee, Upper Arlington High School (Upper Arlington)

·         Bridget Bowman, Bloom Carroll High School (Carroll)

·         Ali Ziegler, Olentangy High School (Lewis Center)

·         Eboni Bays-Holley, Whetstone High School (Columbus)

·         Noah Martin, Westerville Central High School (Westerville)

 

ABOUT THE 2016 STATE FINALS

Dr. Amit Majmudar, Ohio’s first Poet Laureate, will be the guest poet at the POL State Finals. Former State Senator Eric Kearney, who authored the state’s Poet Laureate legislation, will emcee the event. Steve Abbott of the Ohio Poetry Association, distinguished poet Rose Smith, and the director of Power of Poetry Alan Cohen will serve as judges.


The State Finals will consist of a series of three rounds. The first two rounds will feature all 12 semifinalists, selected in random order, reciting their chosen poems. Judges will score each recitation, and the top six will move on to the third and final round. When the final round concludes, first, second, and third place finishers will be announced. Each will receive a cash prize for themselves and, an additional cash prize for their respective school’s library.


The first place winner will be declared the Ohio champion and move on to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., from May 2 – 4, 2016. 

THE FUTURE OF OHIO POETRY OUT LOUD

The addition of semifinal contests in 2016 is the first phase of a planned transition for Ohio Poetry Out Loud (POL). The program is seeking regional partners to share in the facilitation of the program in their respective regions, with the goal of increasing participation throughout Ohio. Visit oac.ohio.gov/poetryoutloud to access POL resources. Additional developments to help guide teachers with school contests are planned with the Ohio Poetry Association and volunteer judges across the state.


If you’re interested in becoming an Ohio POL partner, please contact POL Coordinator Katie Swett at pol.contractor@oac.ohio.gov.

 

ABOUT POETRY OUT LOUD
The nation's largest youth poetry recitation competition is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council. The Poetry Out Loud program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry, master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, and study their literary heritage.

ABOUT THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL
The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at oac.ohio.gov.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts—both new and established—bringing the arts to all Americans, and providing leadership in arts education.


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