Posts Tagged ‘Joao Victor’

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In Today’s News

May 22, 2019

Making new history

Joao Victor reciting at the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington D.C.

The City Council in Lewiston has created a new position – “Youth Poet Laureate” of the city and presented it to the state’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud Champion.

And, the purpose you might wonder? To encourage youth involvement in the arts. If you ask me – that is PRETTY WONDERFUL! Congratulations Victor!

Read the ENTIRE ARTICLE in the Sun Journal, written by Andrew Rice.

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In Today’s News

May 2, 2019

Congratulations Victor!

Joao Victor performing on the national stage

Portland Press Herald article written by Mark Laflamme about Maine’s Poetry Out Loud champion Joao Victor. CLICK HERE

National Public Radio aired a segment yesterday on the Poetry Out Loud program and included not only this year’s Maine champ but our 2018 Maine champ, Allan Monga. You’ll want to listen to the entire 2 minutes put together by Elizabeth Blair. CLICK HERE!

Allan Monga

Washington Post article from May 1 on Allan and Victor.

Poetry Foundation post from May 2.

 

 

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Go Victor!

May 1, 2019

Moving to the national finals

First poem recitation

State Poetry Out Loud champions from across the country converged at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, DC yesterday. During three different blocks of time students representing each state recited poetry as part of the semifinals.

Joao Victor represented Maine and was scheduled during the first time slot, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. He recited two poems along with 17 other students. Students at Lewiston High School watched from their classrooms along with students, teachers, and community members from across the state. Everyone was excited when Victor’s name was called as one of 8 students to move to the next round, reciting a third poem.

At the end of round three 8 students held their breath as three finalists were named. Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts will move on to the national finals tonight, Wednesday along with 6 other students, representing the other two regions of the country. Yes, that means that out of thousands of students Joao Victor of Maine will be one of 9 students.

Again each will recite two poems, finalists will be selected to recite their third poem and a student will be named the National Poetry Out Loud Champion. The webcast live will take place at Lisner Auditorium, tonight at 7:00 p.m at THIS LINK.

Brian Evans-Jones, poet from South Berwick, has been coaching Victor since he was named Maine’s champion. The Maine Arts Commission is grateful for Brian’s commitment to the Poetry Out Loud program. Jim Siragusa, Victor’s English teacher has been working with him since the fall preparing him for the program. Jim is retiring this year after 38 years. Congratulations Jim and best of luck to Victor. You’ve made Maine proud already!

Receiving his plaque at the end of the second round of recitations.

Victor learning he was one of three to move on to the national finals.

On Victor’s left is Rose E. Hansen, Norwell High School, Massachusetts and his right is Escaja-Heiss, South Burlington High School, Vermont

Victor and his English teacher Mr. Siragusa at the State House last month after reciting for the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

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POL Goes to DC

April 24, 2019

Joao Victor will represent Maine

One week from today Joao Victor from Lewiston High School will be in Washington, D.C. to represent Maine at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals. Fortunately, the recitations are broadcast live from the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.
There are three Semifinals on April 30 that are determined by geographical region. Joao will be reciting during the first Semifinal taking place from 9:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m. The top three from each of the three Semifinals will
advance to the National Final on May 1. The National Final will be broadcast from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. You can view the event POL & Live Broadcast.
I hope that you’ll have a chance to cheer Joao on, we’re excited for him! Both days of the National Finals will also be available through a live, one-time-only webcast HERE.
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Poetry Out Loud Recording

April 2, 2019

Live Streamed

If you missed the Maine Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Finals that were held on Monday, March 11 you can see the BRTV recording that was live streamed. The state finals opened with the Messalonskee Jazz Band under the direction of music educator Andrew Forster.

Archived on the Maine Arts Commission Facebook page.

Joao Victor, 2019 Maine Poetry Out Loud Champion

Bill Green, who served as the emcee for the state finals, provided a POL segment on his weekend show Bill Green’s Maine News Center. It’s a wonderful summary of the event – VIEW IT HERE. Thank you Bill for doing such a great job!

The Maine Arts Commission is creating Maine videos to provide resources for students and teachers participating in the POL program. The FIRST VIDEO is available on Pace. It includes three Maine high school students, Allan Monga, Deering High School, Portland, the 2018 Maine State Champ and 1st runner-up from 2019, Emma Lombardo, Westbrook High School, a State Finalist for the 2018 and Wyatt Bates, Yarmouth High School, Regional Finalist in 2018 and 2019.  More videos will be created and all of them will be available on the Maine Arts Commission Poetry Out Loud webpage.

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Joao Victor Reciting

March 13, 2019

And the final call

Check out the 2019 Maine State Poetry Out Loud Champion reciting and the end of the state finals when Joao was announced as the champ on the Maine Arts Commission Facebook page.


Joao on the news on WGME TV, listen to how inspired he was by last year’s champion Allan Monga.

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In Today’s News

March 12, 2019

Joao Victor’s Story

Joao Victor of Lewiston High School shouts with joy after he was named the winner of the Poetry Out Loud state final held at the Waterville Opera House on Monday. Other contestants behind him from left are Emily Campbell of Waterville Senior High School, Hanna Lavenson of Messalonskee High School and Magnolia Vandiver of George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. Morning Sentinel photo by David Leaming

Amy Calder’s article in today’s Waterville Sentinel provides a great overview of the State Poetry Out Loud Finals held yesterday at the Waterville Opera House. The excitement was intense!

FROM THE ARTICLE

Victor was stunned by his win and very happy.

“This is just amazing,” he said in an interview. “I conquered my goal. I achieved my goal.”

Victor recited three poems Monday in the competition’s three rounds: “Songs for the People,” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, “The Light of the Stars,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and “Bright Copper Kettles,” by Vijay Seshadri.

He walked to the stage each time, confident and impeccably dressed in a gray suit and bow tie. He projected to the audience, with whom he made frequent eye contact. He was articulate, enunciated well, used hand gestures, was emotive and spoke powerfully.

Find the entire article at THIS LINK

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