Students Compete With Poetry Out Loud

Mar 3, 2020

Cincinnati Edition takes a look at Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry competition where high school students compete by reciting poetry that showcases their public performance, memorization and recitation skills.

The competition, created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, helps students build confidence while learning about history and the world around them through the study of diverse poets and poems.

Zurie Pope.
Credit Courtesy of Piqua Arts Council

In a pre-recorded conversation, Cincinnati Edition spoke with Chiquita Mullens Lee, the Ohio Arts Council's Poetry Out Loud state coordinator; Mi'Cayla Hendrix-Pitts, a senior at Mount Notre Dame High School; Zurie Pope, a junior at Piqua High School; Jamie Lee Morris, manager of education and outreach at Elementz; Jordan Knepper, executive director of the Piqua Arts Council; and Alyssa Hansen, a singer-songwriter and former Miss Ohio who was a judge in the Western Ohio Regional competition.

Hendrix and Pope will go on to compete with other regional champions at the Poetry Out Loud competition on March 6. Winners chosen at the regional competition will get an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. and the chance to win $20,000 at the national Poetry Out Loud competition.

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