Ean Ammerman wins Regional Poetry Out Loud competition

TOWANDA – Ean Ammerman of Sullivan County High School placed first in the Regional Poetry Out Loud Recitation competition held Feb. 19 at the Keystone Theatre. The regional contest was presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Bradford County Regional Arts Council (BCRAC).

In addition to Ammerman, students participating in the 2014 regional contest were: Kelsey Dowling, Montoursville Area High School; Ezoza Ismsailova, Towanda Area High School; and Dylan Perry, Williamsport Area High School.

Judges for the competition were: Fiona Powell, PCA teaching artist, folklorist and storyteller; Eric Houser, legislative assistant to senator Gene Yaw; Marie Kwasnoski, accuracy judge and BCRAC board member; Carimar Patrician, prompter, BCRAC board member, and Arts in Education advisory committee chair; and Harvey Chernosky, retired instructor and local business owner.

Results of the competition were:

First place – Ean Ammerman, Sullivan County High School. BCRAC presented the winner with a certificate of accomplishment and a workshop with PCA Directory Artist Demond Wilson to prepare for the State Competition. Ammerman also will receive an all expense paid trip to Harrisburg for the State Competition from the PA Council on the Arts.

Runner-Up – Kelsey Dowling, Montoursville Area High School.

All students received a BCRAC certificate of accomplishment and a book of poetry.

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 on March 10in Harrisburg.

State champions will advance to the national finals, to take place April 27 through 29 in Washington, D.C. For information on how a school can participate in next year’s competition, contact Cat Badger at ntpaie@bcrac.org or call 570-268-ARTS (2787).