Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide poetry competition for high school students initiated and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. South Dakota Arts Council, South Dakotans for the Arts and South Dakota Public Broadcasting are statewide sponsors of the event.
Forms for next yearâ€™s competition will be posted in the fall.
In 2009, more than $100,000 was awarded in scholarships to students and grants to schools at state and national levels. These awards included a $20,000 scholarship to the national champion as well as other substantial prizes to finalists in the national competition.
As the first place winner, Haile received a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals. Her school, Sioux Falls Lincoln, received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Runner-up His Horse is Thunder received $100 and Little Wound High School was given $200 for its school library.
Eight students qualified for the state event after a preliminary competition. During the state contest, each of these students recited three memorized poems. Cumulative points from all three rounds determined final placements.
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 Patrick Hicks, a writer and faculty member at Augustana College.
National Poetry Contest: SD Student Takes 2nd Place
Ruth Haile received second place at the National Poetry Out Loudcompetition in Washington, D.C. She competed against 53 students from across the county for the second prize of $10,000. (more)
Poetry Foundation President John Barr, Poetry Out Loud South Dakota State Champion Ruth Haile, and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. (More photos on Flickr)
Photo: James Kegley
2010 Original Poetry Winners
The South Dakota Poetry Out Loud Coordinator of the Year Award
Coaches who developed strong programs in their schools in the past year were also recognized.. The South Dakota Poetry Out Loud Coordinator of the Year Award went to Kim Davidson, who teaches at Rosholt High School.Â She received a plaque and a $500 award.
Receiving honorable mentions and $200 awards were Kris Oâ€™Brien from Watertown and Sharon Prendergast from Sisseton.
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if you would like to participate or learn more about this contest.
2006 - 2009