As the first place winner, Vande Vegte received a $200 cash prize
and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete in the National Finals on April 29, 2008. Her school, Lincoln High, received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up Sun received $100; Vermillion High School was given $200 for its school library.
Ten students qualified for the state event by participating in a preliminary competition. During the state contest, each of these students recited 2 poems.
The six students with the highest scores advanced to a third round. Cumulative points from all three rounds determined final placements.
Other students winning honorable mention awards at the statewide competition were Devon Cadwell from Bon Homme High School; Miranda Glover from Lead-Deadwood High School; Caleb Olson of Centerville; and Megan Yellow Boy of Little Wound School in Kyle. Rounding out the list of finalists were Matthew Allison from Riggs High School in Pierre; Casey Alsaker from Rosholt; Janelle Bakke of Watertown; and Justine Scarbrough from Brookings.Â Â
A distinguished panel of SD poets and a theater professional were judges for the event:
David Allan Evans, South Dakota Poet Laureate; Ray Peterson, SDSU Theatre Department; and Allison Hedge Coke, award-winning poet and University of Nebraska faculty member.
A contest was held for the first time in 2008 for students writing original poetry.
The three state winners were: Dale Frewaldt - Madison HS,
Jacob Plette - Vermillion HS, and Janelle Bakke - Watertown HS.
They are pictured with state poet laureate David Allan Evans.
competition is a wonderful way to introduce the arts to high school
students across the state,â€ said Richard Benda, secretary,
Department of Tourism and State Development.
â€œOne of the goals of the stateâ€™s 2010 Initiative is to enhance arts
and history as essential to lifelong learning and I think this
competition does just that.â€
Loud Presentation by Rosella Blunk
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