From a competitive field of 13 Delaware high school students, Cecilia Ergueta, a junior from Wilmington Friends School, earned the title of 2017 Poetry Out Loud Delaware State Champion at the state finals held in Smyrna, Del. on Feb. 28. The first runner-up was Shalyn Littlejohn from Hodgson Vo-Tech High School and the second runner-up was Sam McGarvey from Tall Oaks Classical High School.
Ergueta’s final recitation, The True-Blue American by Delmore Schwartz, earned her high marks with the judges. The full poem can be found on the Poetry Foundation’s website.
For her winning presentation, Ergueta will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington with a chaperone to compete at the national championship on April 25-26. Wilmington Friends School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. Shalyn Littlejohn, the first runner-up will receive $100, and Hodgson Vo-Tech High School will receive $200 for its school library.
The Poetry Out Loud state 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.
Hi Res Photos can be downloaded from the Media Kit below, please use the photo credit: Kathleen Buckalew for all photos used.
2017 Poetry Out Loud Media Kit
Top Row: Nick Thompson, Mollie Russell, Ryan Washington
Middle Row: Shannon Murray, Cecilia Ergueta, Jane Krukiel
Bottom Row: Andrew Dingwall, Natalie Nwanekwu, Shalyn Littlejohn,
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, Tania Laurent, Glynnis Leach, Sam McGarvey
Not Pictured: Carly Lepore
Photo Credit: Kathleen Buckalew
Delaware State Competition, Tuesday, February 28, 2017
at 7:00 p.m., Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna, Delaware
2017 Poetry Out Loud - Participating High Schools
Caesar Rodney High School
Cape Henlopen High School
Concord High School
Dover High School
Hodgson Vo-Tech High School
Milford Senior High School
Mount Sophia Academy
Newark Charter Jr./Sr. High School
Polytech High School
Red Lion Christian Academy
Seaford High School
St. Marks High School
Tall Oaks Classical School
Wilmington Christian School
Wilmington Friends School
Woodbridge High School
About Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. POL uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. More than 100,000 students are expected to take part in POL nationwide each year.
Invite Poetry Out Loud into Your High School's English Classrooms!
The teacher registration deadline has passed for the 2017 Poetry Out Loud program, however, learn more about this program by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page. Information and materials to plan a Poetry Out Loud program in the future can be reviewed by visiting the Poetry Out Loud website at www.poetryoutloud.org.
In the early fall of each year, registered teachers will receive a packet of materials—dynamic teaching tools that will kindle students’ excitement about literature and poetry recitation. The teaching materials include sample lesson plans, audio CDs of poets reciting their own favorite works, publicity materials for school competitions, and a DVD of winning student performances from past National Finals competitions.
Registration information for the 2018 Poetry Out Loud program will be available on this website in late August 2017. Please revisit the website at that time. For more immediate information about registering your school, contact JoAnn Balingit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Friday, September 30, 2016||School Registration Form Deadline|
|October–December 2016||Classroom/School Competitions|
|Friday, January 13, 2017||Deadline to Report School Winners|
|February 2017||Delaware State Semi-finals (TBD)|
|Tuesday, February 28, 2017||Delaware State Competition (Smyrna, DE)|
|April 24–26, 2017||National Competition (Washington, DC)|
2018 Registration Information to be avaialble
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