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Congratulations to Kathleen Becker

BeckerKathleen Becker, a senior from Red Lion Christian Academy, won Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud state competition on February 25, 2014, held at the Smyrna Opera House. Becker’s recitations of “Sestina: Like,” by A. E. Stallings, “Channel Firing,” by Thomas Hardy, and “every single day,” by John Straley earned her high marks with the judges. The first runner-up was Idalis Stamas from Polytech High School, and the second runner-up was Kellina Moore from Appoquinimink High School.

Photo: Delaware State Champion Kathleen Becker
Photographer credit: Kathleen Buckalew

For her winning presentation, Kathleen will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, with a chaperone to compete for the national championship April 29-30, 2014. Red Lion Christian Academy will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Idalis Stamas, the first runner-up will receive $100, and $200 goes to Polytech High School for the purchase of poetry books.

Walmart provided $25 gift cards for all sixteen student finalists. At the National Finals, The Poetry Foundation will be awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

The state Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

2014 finalists
Photo from left to right: Idalis Stamas, Kathleen Becker and Kellina Moore
Photographer credit: Kathleen Buckalew

2014 Poetry Out Loud - Participating Students
with Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn
at the State Finals

2014 POL Finalists

Standing left to right: Bridget Rocha, Sydney Badel, Maryam Pasdar, Kana Turley, Kellina Moore, Kathleen Becker, Christopher Malafronti, Daria Chicosky, James Rath, Idalis Stamas; Seated from left to right: Janay Brooklyn Laws, Syda Isaacs, Genna Hahn, Lt. Governor Matt Denn, Josyln Gardner, Erin Paige Dugan. Not pictured: Kelly Velasquez-Perez (Photographer credit: Kathleen Buckalew)

Appoquinimink High School - Kellina Moore

Brandywine High School - Syda Isaacs

Caravel Academy - Sydney Badel

Dover High School - Erin Paige Dugan

First State School - Janay Brooklyn Laws

Mount Sophia Academy - Genna Hahn

Padua Academy - Daria Chicosky

Polytech High School - Idalis Stamas

Red Lion Christian Academy - Kathleen Becker

Sanford School - Christopher Malafronti

Seaford High School - Kelly Velasquez-Perez

St. Mark’s High School - Bridget Rocha

Tall Oaks Classical School - Kana Turley

Ursuline Academy - Maryam Pasdar

Wilmington Christian School - James Rath

Wilmington Friends School - Joslyn Gardner