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2020 Central Illinois Regional Contest Held: Sixteen students from around Illinois will participate in state-wide poetry recitation contest

Photo: Alternate Joy Brown, Springfield High School, with Lambert and Hughes at central Illinois regional contest – Hoogland Center for the Arts – February 13, 2020  (Photographer: Kari Bedford)

“A poet is someone who can pour light into a cup, then raise it to nourish your beautiful parched, holy mouth.”  حافظ  Hafiz

Sixteen students from around Illinois will participate in state-wide poetry recitation contest.

Scottlynn Ballard, Edwardsville High School senior, will return to Springfield to defend her 2019 championship title.

Grace Lambert, Sacred-Heart Griffin High School, and  Sylvia Hughes, will represent the Central Illinois region.

Award-winning teenagers from around Illinois are set to compete in Springfield for a slot in the 2020 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest in Washington, D.C., in late April. This event is free and open to the public. It is set to begin at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, March 2, 2020, in the LRS Theatre of the Hoogland Center for the Arts at 420 South Sixth Street in downtown Springfield.

The Springfield Area Arts Council will host sixteen high school students who were winners and runners-up in competitions held this month in eight regions spanning Illinois. Starting in their own classrooms, these students study, memorize, and recite renowned classic and contemporary poetry at each level of competition. A panel of poets, teachers, and performers judges each recitation. The state champion will receive a trip to the nation’s capital to join a field of fifty-three students vying for the top prize, a $20,000 scholarship.

The Springfield Area Arts Council coordinates this annual contest in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Poetry Out Loud is backed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Now in its fifteenth year, the contest is designed to encourage interest in poetry at the high school level. In Illinois this season, over 10,000 students and 200 teachers from more than 40 Illinois public and private high schools participated.

More information available at www.poetryoutloud.org.

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2020 Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest To Take Place on February 13th

Words mean more than what is set down on paper.

It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning.

Maya Angelou

The Springfield Area Arts Council will host the Poetry Out Loud Central Illinois Regional Contest on Thursday, February 13, at 4:00 P.M. in Theatre Three at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.  There is no admission cost, and all are welcome.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.  Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies.  Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands  [Source:  National Endowment for the Arts]

In Poetry Out Loud, teenagers select, analyze, and commit to memory classic and contemporary poems for recitation.  Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to one of eight regional competitions in Illinois, then to the state tournament, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, D. C.

The Springfield Area Arts Council partners with the Illinois Arts Council Agency to bring this program to central Illinois.  This year, 10 area high schools, 22 teachers, and 1,133 students are participating.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Athens:  Athens High School

Decatur:  Eisenhower High School

Eureka:  Eureka High School

Franklin:  Franklin High School

Morton:  Morton High School

Pawnee:  Pawnee High School

Springfield:  Lutheran High School; Sacred Heart-Griffin High School;

                     Southeast High School; Springfield High School

More information available at www.poetryoutloud.org.

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