MONTPELIER -- Three Caledonia County students are heading to the Barre Opera House on March 12-13 to compete in the 2014 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Competition -- James Remington from Danville School; Jake Blankenship from Lyndon Institute; and Christian DeKett from St. Johnsbury Academy.

The students will meet students from other Vermont high schools, all looking to win the State Championship in the national poetry recitation competition and move on to the National Competition in April.

These students are already champions, having won their individual high school's competition and thus a spot in the State Competition. The students competing in this year's Poetry Out Loud State Competition represent 40 high schools in 12 of Vermont's 14 counties. Nearly 5,000 Vermont high school students participated in classroom competitions and winners proceeded to school competitions. The 40 school champions will recite at the State Competition. The winner then heads to the National Competition in Washington, DC, where they compete against champions from every state in the country.

The Poetry Out Loud program was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered statewide by the Vermont Arts Council. Now in its ninth year in Vermont, Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of American high school students to discover and know by heart classic and contemporary poetry.

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