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POL Southern Maine Regional Finals

February 4, 2016

Poetry Out Loud
Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 8.28.09 PMHigh school students compete in national poetry recitation contest

Augusta, ME—The Maine Arts Commission invites you to attend the 2016 Southern Maine Regional Finals of the national, Poetry Out Loud program. The competition will take place February 10 at City Theater in Biddeford. Doors open to the public at 2:30 p.m. and the event begins at 3 p.m.—the event is free and no tickets are required.

Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Since it began, millions of students at more than 7,300 schools nationwide have participated. This great program also gives students an opportunity to master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

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2015 Poetry Out Loud Maine State Finals

“Participating in Poetry Out Loud has been a wonderful experience, providing me with an
outlet to express my love of poetry,” said student participant Christopher Richardson.
“I recommend that all students participate in P.O.L. and experience the invigorating feeling
only possible through poetry recitation.”

Poetry Out Loud is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and is administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. It begins in Maine’s high schools where each school selects a school champion to compete in two regional finals at which 10 students are ultimately selected to participate in the Maine State Finals. One student moves on from the State Finals to represent Maine at the National Finals in Washington D.C., where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.

Students representing the following schools will participate in the Southern Maine Regional Finals at City Theater in Biddeford on February 10.

  • Cape Elizabeth High School
  • Casco Bay High School
  • Catherine McAuley High School
  • Deering High School
  • Freeport High School
  • Gorham High School
  • Greely High School
  • Kennebunk High School
  • Lewiston High School
  • Lisbon High School
  • Maine Coast Waldorf School
  • Morse High School
  • Mt. Ararat High School
  • North Yarmouth Academy
  • Oak Hill High School
  • Portland High School
  • South Portland High School
  • St. Dominic Academy
  • Waynflete School
  • Westbrook High School
  • Yarmouth High School

For more information, please visit http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/POL-Home or contact Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

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