2006 Poetry Out Loud - Last year the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation began a poetry recitation competition for high school students to be run in every state by the State Arts Councils. South Dakota invited the AA schools to participate on a trial basis the first year. The state contest was held in Pierre in April. Kayla Jackmon from Sioux Falls Washington was the winner. She was awarded $200 for winning the state contest and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC (with a chaperone) in May. Her school received a $500 award to purchase poetry books. Kayla was awarded $1000 as a finalist at the national contest. The first place winner at nationals received a $20,000 scholarship.




Jackmon a student at Sioux Falls Washington (pictured right), and Ngoc Thach of Sioux Falls O’Gorman (pictured
at left) won first and second place hoors during the first annual South Dakota Poetry Out Loud contest held recently at the State Capitol in Pierre.

2006 Poetry Out Loud
2006 POL Participants

Poetry Out Loud Presentation by Rosella Blunk

Poetry Out Loud Site

South Dakota Arts Council

National Endowment for the Arts

Contact the state coordinator Rosella Blunk ( if you would like to participate or learn more about this contest.

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