Ean Ammerman wins regional Poetry Out Loud Competition

Ean Ammerman, of Sullivan County High School, placed first in the Regional Poetry Out Loud Recitation competition held in February at Mansfield University.

The contest was presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Councilon the Arts and The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC).

Judges for the competition were Larry Basset, artist and writer for the PA Council on the Arts Directory; Lilace Guignard, poet and Mansfield University professor; Dr. Judith Sornberger, department of English and modern language at Mansfield University); Marie Kwasnoski, accuracy judge and BCRAC board member; Carimar Patrician, prompter, BCRAC board member, and Arts in Education Advisory committee chair; and Dr. Edward Washington department of English and modern language at Mansfield University.

BCRAC presented Ammerman with a certificate of accomplishment and a workshop with PCA Directory Artist Demond Wilson to prepare for the state competition.

The winner also will receive an all expense paid trip to Harrisburg for the state competition from the PA Council on the Arts.

The second and third place winners both received a BCRAC certificate of accomplishment.

Second place was Judson Greene, a home schooled student from Bloomsburg, and third place was Dylan Perry from Williamsport Area High School.

Other students who participated in the competition were Allen McNeal-Marks, Towanda High School and Kelly Corrigan, Wellsboro Area High School.

Starting in the fall, schools in every region of Pennsylvania are eligible to participate in classroom and school-wide contests. One school-wide winner from each high school advances to the regional competitions and one winner from each region will move on to the state competition in Harrisburg. State champions will advance to the national finals, April 28 through 30 in Washington, DC.

Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends at the national finals, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Each winner at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. One runner-up in each state will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. For further information on Poetry Out Loud, visit

For information on how your school can participate in next year’s competition, contact Cat Badger at or call 268-ARTS (2787).