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POL Today

February 29, 2016

Northern Regional Finals – Hampden Academy

The Poetry Out Loud (POL) Northern Regional Finals will be held today starting at 3:00 PM at Hampden Academy. The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) invites you to attend this exciting event – no cost and open to the public. Nineteen students will be competing for one of 5 spots in the State Finals. The following students have already competed at the school level and will proudly represent them:

  • Lydia Caron – Bangor High School
  • Amanda O’Brien – Calais High School
  • Kara Robak – Camden Hills Regional High School
  • Morgan Steward – Carrabec High School
  • Abigail Corson – Gardiner Area High School
  • Phoebe Zildjian – George Stevens Academy
  • Emily Albert – Hall-Dale High School
  • Danielle Barrett – Hampden Academy
  • Katherine McKee – Kents Hill School
  • Dianna Nicholas – Lee Academy
  • Hannah Orr – Maine Central Institute
  • Antyna Gould – Medomak Valley High School
  • Tara Seymour – Messalonskee High School
  • Emmeline Willey – Monmouth Academy
  • Michaela Dube – Presque Isle High School
  • Owen Sinclair – Rangeley Lakes Regional School
  • Stefanie Johansen – Richmond High School
  • Anna Bucklin – Searsport District High School
  • Lauren Brown – Waterville Senior High School

We are happy to include in today’s program the Hampden Academy R&B Project, under the direction of music teacher Patrick Michaud. They are one of four jazz groups at Hampden Academy. They perform a wide variety of styles ranging from Frank Sinatra to Ray Lamontange. The group was created to give students an opportunity to perform in an ensemble that will allow them to perform in the music industry beyond high school.

Poetry Out Loud is organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the MAC. POL 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.

Recently students had the opportunity to work with two award winning Maine poets, Megan Grumbling and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc during an online workshop. It was a outstanding learning session where students had a chance to practice and receive feedback on their recitations.

Online POL workshop

Online POL workshop

The Maine State Finals for POL will be held on March 15, Waterville Opera House, 3 PM TODAY – open to the public, no cost! Jennifer Rooks, Public Affairs Host and Producer at Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), will serve as the event’s emcee.

For more information about Maine’s POL program, 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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