QC schools in Poetry Out Loud regional finals

The Arizona Commission on the Arts will present the 11th Annual Arizona Poetry Out Loud central Arizona regional finals competition at Arizona State University on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.

Twenty-six high school students from throughout central Arizona will compete in the poetry recitation contest for an opportunity to represent the region at the 11th Annual Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Phoenix on March 11.

The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, partners with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, as well as Phoenix-based youth poetry organization Phonetic Spit and University of Arizona Poetry Center, to administer the Poetry Out Loud program in Arizona.

The contest encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation and helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins 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. Over 4,400 students from central region high schools participated in Poetry Out Loud this year.

The following schools will each send one student to the regional competition:
•American Leadership Academy
•Combs High School
•Williams Field High School

Three students will advance from the central region competition to represent the region at the state finals competition. This year’s state finals will be held on Friday, March 11, at the downtown Phoenix studios of KAET, 8 Arizona PBS, who will later broadcast the event.

Arizona Poetry Out Loud Central Region Finals are held at ASU Memorial Union Pima, 301 E. Orange Mall, in Tempe. The event will take place 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016. Admission is free and open to the public.

Poetry Out Loud, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. For further information regarding Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

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