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.
Contact the state coordinator Rosella Blunk (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to participate or learn more about this contest.