Congratulations to the nine high school students advancing to the state finals in the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The students will compete for South Carolina’s spot in the Poetry Out Loud national finals and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship. State finals take place March 11, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, S.C. The public is invited to attend.
Region 1: Upstate
- Jamie Montagne, Spartanburg Day School, Spartanburg County
- Simone Rice, Dorman High School, Spartanburg County
- Livia Salle, NEXT High School, Greenville County
Region 2: Midlands
- Taylor Wade, Andrew Jackson High School, Lancaster County
- Emilie Martin, Fox Creek High School, Edgefield County
- Alyssa Williams, Spring Valley High School, Richland County
Region 3: Lowcountry
- Janae Claxton, First Baptist Church School, Charleston County
- Abby Edwards, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston County
- Julie Crosby, Goose Creek High School, Berkeley County
Nearly 4,000 South Carolina students participated this year, advancing from school-wide competitions to one of three regional competitions held in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. The state champion will compete in the national finals April 24-26 in Washington, D.C.
The state champion receives $200, a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books for their school library, and an all-expense paid trip to the national finals. The runner-up receives $100 and a $200 poetry book stipend for their library.
Top row, l to r: Alyssa Williams; Region 3 participants. Bottom row, l to r: Region 2 finalists Taylor Wade, Emilie Martin, & Alyssa Williams; Region 1 finalists Jamie Montagne, Livia Salle & Simone Rice; Region 2 judges
Poetry Out Loud, a program created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Last year more than 365,000 students nationwide competed. The winner received a $20,000 scholarship.
Statewide partners include the Columbia Museum of Art, the South Carolina Department of Education and South Carolina ETV Radio’s “Speaking of Schools” Program with Doug Keel. Regional partners include Hub City Writers Project in Region 1; One Columbia, Richland Library and S.C. Center for Oral Narrative at USC Sumter in Region 2; and the College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Region 3.
For more information, contact Frances Kablick Keel at FMKablick@arts.sc.gov.