National Poetry Out Loud competition

TOWANDA — High school students in ninth to 12th grade recently competed in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.The event took place at the Dunn Center for Performing Arts at the Keystone Theatre.

Poetry Out Loud is a national competition that encourages the study of poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition.

Annually, high schools throughout the state are invited to compete in classrooms, school-wide competitions, and regional competitions with the winners advancing to state and national finals.

This year in 118 schools participated in regional competitions which included 278 teachers and over 5,600 students.

Maleah Stouffer, an 11th grade student from Bloomsburg Christian School, took first place followed by Sorren Greene, a 12th grade student at CHEF Homeschool Co-op.

Also participating in this year’s regional competition were Emma Harris, of North Penn-Liberty High School; Lillian Sitzer, of Athens High School; Lucilia Renae Fink, of Towanda Junior Senior High School; and Veronica Green, of Montoursville Area High School.

The winner of the state competition will receive $200, and the winner’s school will receive $500 the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for their school library.

The champion of the Poetry Out Loud Pennsylvania final will receive an all expense paid trip to compete in national finals in Washington, D.C., from April 30 to May 1.

The Poetry Out Loud national finals will present a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.