Southeast to host Poetry Out Loud contest


Southeast High School students interested in competing in a school Poetry Out Loud contest should attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 3:30 in room S-21.

The Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Over the past 10 years, Poetry Out Loud has reached nearly 3 million students, more than 9,500 schools, and thousands of teachers across the country.

A school-wide contest will be held in early January.  The winner will advance to the regional contest January 23 in Fort Scott.  The regional winner will advance to the state contest, with the state winner advancing to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 3-4, 2016 in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

Poetry Out Loud is presented in partnership with the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation.

For more details about the SHS contest contact Mr. Leiker.  For more information about Poetry Out Loud itself visit

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