An annual element of our Arts in Education programming is Poetry Out Loud. The Perry County Council of the Arts has administered a regional level competition of Poetry Out Loud since 2008.  Open to all high school students in Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Snyder and Huntingdon counties, Poetry Out Loud is a national memorization and recitation contest administered nationally by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Congratulations to regional winner Zachary Marshall,  junior at Juniata High School!

Many congratulations to all of the regional contestants who competed in our regional contest. We were impressed by the skill, bravery and maturity they all exhibited while reciting great works of poetry.

Pictured with Executive Director Jasmine Colbert are (from L to R):

Zachary Marshall, Grade 11
Juniata High School

Elizabeth Speck, Grade 12
Huntingdon Area High School

Margaret Edwards, Grade 12
East Juniata High School

Brooke Mitchell, Grade 11
West Perry High School

Hanna Aboueid, Grad 12
Lewisburg Area High School


Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom level, with winners advancing 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.

Judges for the state and regional finals include performers, poets and cultural and business leaders from across the state. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) sponsors the statewide competition along with its regional partners and arts organizations.

Poetry Out Loud is part of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)’s ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence for Pennsylvania’s students through participation in the creative process.

Visit the Poetry Out Loud website for more details: