Join us at the state competition of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, as regional contestants through Pennsylvania compete for a spot in the National Competition. Area schools and
Join us at the state competition of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, as regional contestants through Pennsylvania compete for a spot in the National Competition. Area schools and the regional community are invited to help us cheer on our Regional Winner Zachary Marshall, junior at Juniata High School! Free and open to the public.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
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. Awards and placements are determined solely by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Criteria.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for their school. At the national finals, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually. Visit the FAQ and rules sections for more details.
(Monday) 9:00 am
State Museum of PA
300 North St.
National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation