Posts Tagged ‘Poetry Out Loud’

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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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Tonight on Bill Green’s Maine

March 30, 2019

7:00 Poetry Out Loud on WCSH TV

Be sure to check out Bill Green’s Maine tonight at 7 p.m. Bill Green will be airing a special Maine Poetry Out Loud edition on WCSH TV (Channel 6) in Portland and WLBZ (Channel 2) in Bangor at 7 p.m. March 30!

2019 State Champ, Joao Victor from Lewiston High School and 2018 State Champ and 2019 Runner up Allan Monga from Deering High School

Bill Green, emcee, 2019 POL State Finals

 

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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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And, the POL Champ Is…

March 12, 2019

Congratulations

Ten students with all kinds of emotions arrived at the Waterville Opera House yesterday afternoon at about 12:30. At 2:30 the doors opened to the public and about 100 people – teachers, parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and poets flowed into the seats for an afternoon of poetry. Everyone was excited for the State Poetry Out Loud Finals. The students were prepared, they looked great and one by one they walked onto the stage to recite poems that they had become very familiar with during the last few months.

Joao and Allan waiting to hear who would become the champ and first runner-up for 2019

At the end of the day, the ten students stood shoulder to shoulder, proud for their amazing accomplishments. One was named the 2019 Maine State POL Champion and one became the runner-up for Maine.

Congratulations to Joao Victor, grade 12, Lewiston High School, Maine’s Champ. Joao will represent Maine at the National POL Finals. Congratulations to Allan Monga, grade 12, Deering High School who was named the runner-up.

I invite you all to watch the live-stream of the national event on April 29 and May 1. More details will be provided in the future on this blog.

Joao Victor, Allan Monga, and emcee Bill Green at the end of the program

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POL State Finals Today!

March 11, 2019

Waterville Opera House – March 11 – doors open 2:30 p.m. 

Maine’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals returns to the Waterville Opera House

Monday, March 11 at 3 p.m.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
FREE + open to the public

Don’t miss recitations by Maine’s top poetry high school student reciters!

Performance by the Messalonskee Jazz Band under the direction of music educator Andrew Forster, beginning at 2:45 p.m.

Readings by Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum

Emcee is Bill Green, host of NEWS CENTER Maine

If you can’t make it to Waterville, Boothbay Region Television will be streaming the competition live on the Maine Arts Commission’s Facebook page.

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POL State Finals

March 4, 2019

Excitement in the air!

This photo says it all – Maine Arts Commission staff is proud to provide the State Poetry Out Loud (POL) Finals at the Waterville Opera House, March 11, 3:00 p.m.

The doors open at 2:30 and is free to the public. At 2:45 the Messalonskee High Schoo Jazz Band, under the direction of music educator Andrew Forster will perform and again during the afternoon. State Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum will share some of his poems. Emcee for the afternoon will be television personality Bill Green. Ten state finalists from throughout the state will recite some of their favorite poems. At the end of the event, one student will be selected to represent Maine as the 2019 State Champ and move on to the National Poetry Out Loud finals scheduled for April 30 in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about POL CLICK HERE!

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 Maine Arts Commission. It begins in Maine’s schools where school champions are selected to compete in two regional finals at which ten students are ultimately selected to recite at the state finals. One student, the state champion, 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.

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