The Daily Item
NEWPORT — On Feb. 5 at 2 p.m., the Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) will host a regional level competition of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest at Landis House, 67 N. Fourth St., Newport. Incorporating Poetry Out Loud within its Arts-in-Education programming, PCCA has administered a regional competition since 2008.
In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and U.S. state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. In its ninth year, the national poetry recitation contest helps students master public speaking skills, build self confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
The 2013 regional winner was John Gilbert of Juniata High School, Juniata County. On March 11, 2013, Gilbert represented our region at the state level competition in the Govenor’s Residence.
Visit www.poetryoutloud.org/ for more information on the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.