Poetry Out Loud state champion Katherine Murchison reflects on her experience and competing at the national contest.
On March 16, the South Carolina Arts Commission announced that I was the South Carolina state champion for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.
The next month, I advanced to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, which took place from April 29-30 in Washington, D.C., to compete with 53 other representatives for a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship. Nation-wide, more than 4,000 students began the competition, and 53 remained.
I competed with nine regional finalists at the Columbia Museum of Art for my position. We all recited two poems we had memorized for months through school-wide and regional contests. Three students, including myself, were named state finalists and recited a third poem in order to determine the winner.
Here, Justin Fox, a Spartanburg High School senior, was named state runner-up and Kynnedi McManus, a Strom Thurmond High School senior from Edgefield County came in third.
As the state champion, I received $200 and an all-expenses paid trip for me and a chaperone to compete in the national finals.
The Charleston County School of the Arts, the high school I attend, received a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.
More importantly however, throughout this entire process I have been exposed to a multitude of poets and passionate literary students just like me.
Read the rest of Katherine’s report.
Via: Moultrie News