BARRE -- Three Caledonia County students are heading to the Barre Opera House on March 11 to compete in the 2015 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Competition. There they 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. These students are: Cara Metivier from St. Johnsbury Academy; Sophie Lamar from Lyndon Institute; and Dallas Moulton from Danville School.
"The Poetry Out Loud program not only connects students to an incredibly diverse literary heritage, it fosters the kind of transferable skills and confidence they will need to succeed in college, career, and life," said Ben Doyle, Vermont Arts Council education programs manager.
The students competing in this year's Poetry Out Loud State Competition represent 37 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 school champions will recite at the semi-finals competition in Barre. From there, 10 students will be selected to compete in the finals competition at Vermont PBS in Colchester. The winner of the Vermont State Competition then heads to the National Competition in Washington, DC, where he or she will 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 celebrating its 10th year in Vermont, Poetry Out Loud has inspired millions of American high school students to discover and know by heart classic and contemporary poetry.