For immediate release: March 7, 2013
Contact: Ben Doyle, Education and Community Arts Program Manager / 802-828-3778 / firstname.lastname@example.org
POETRY OUT LOUD STATE FINALS TO BE HELD IN BARRE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13th
Students from 38 Vermont high schools compete in poetry recitation contest.
Winner to represent the state in national competition.
MONTPELIER – Armed with strong voices and an arsenal of beloved poems, students from 38 Vermont high schools are headed to the Barre Opera House to compete in the poetry recitation competition Poetry Out Loud. The winner will represent Vermont at the national competition in Washington, D.C., on April 29-30, 2013.
Vermont’s state finals will take place on Wednesday, March 13th at the Barre Opera House. Special guests include poet Major Jackson and Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca, both of whom will be reciting poems. The day’s schedule is as follows:
Region A Semi-Finals: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Region B Semi-Finals: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Finals: 4 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Vermont’s champion will receive a cash prize of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to compete for the national championship. Their school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Students from 53 high schools – champions from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands – will compete for a total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends at the National Finals.
There are numerous ways for people to engage in this year’s event:
The competition at the Barre Opera House is free and open to the public
A livestream of the full event will be available by visiting the Vermont Poetry Out Loud Facebook Page or clicking the following link.
The competition will be live tweeted by @VTArtsCouncil using the hashtags #VTPOL and #pol13
The Poetry Out Loud program was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered by the Vermont Arts Council. Now in its eighth year in Vermont, Poetry Out Loud has inspired hundreds of thousands of high school students to discover classic and contemporary poetry. The Poetry Out Loud program builds on the rising interest in poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the popularity of rap music. Students learn about great poetry while mastering public speaking skills and building self-confidence.
View the 2013 Vermont Poetry Out Loud promotional video:
2013 Participating Schools:
Mt. Abraham Union High School, Bristol
Middlebury Union High School
Arlington Memorial High School
Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester
Mt. Anthony Union High School, Bennington
St. Johnsbury Academy
Burlington High School
Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg
Milton High School
Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Jericho
Rice Memorial High School, S. Burlington
South Burlington High School
Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax
Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans
Missisquoi Valley Union High School
People’s Academy, Morrisville
Chelsea Public School
Oxbow Union High School, Bradford
Randolph Union High School
Williamstown Middle High School
Lake Region Union High School, Orleans
North Country UHS, Newport
Fair Haven Union High School
Mill River Union High School, No. Clarendon
Otter Valley Union High School, Brandon
Harwood Union High School
Montpelier High School
Northfield High School
Spaulding High School
Brattleboro Union High School
Black River High School, Ludlow
Green Mountain Union High School, Chester
Woodstock Union High School
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Since 1964, the Vermont Arts Council has been the state’s primary provider of funding, advocacy and information for the arts in Vermont. It strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to increase opportunities for Vermonters to experience the arts in everyday life. The Council is the only designated State Arts Agency in the U.S. that is also an independent, not-for-profit, membership organization. For more information on the programs and services of the Vermont Arts Council, visit www.vermontartscouncil.org.
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Vermont Arts Council
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