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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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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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POL State Finals

February 25, 2019

Please join us, Waterville Opera House, March 11

Thirty two high schools including 4,300 students from across Maine participated in the Poetry Out Loud program this year.  This year’s regional contests were hosted at Hampden Academy and Westbrook Performing Arts Centers. The Maine Arts Commission, which produces and administers the statewide contests is excited about the upcoming state finals at the Waterville Opera House on March 11 at 3 p.m. where ten high school students will perform. The event is free and open to the public.

The doors at the State Finals will open at 2:30 p.m. and at 2:45 p.m. the Messalonskee High School jazz band, under the direction of music educator Andy Forster, will perform. Later in the program they will perform for a second time.

In addition, Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum will read from his poems. The event will be hosted by local television personality, Bill Green.

Northern Maine Regional Finalists Shaphnah McKenzie, Emma Jacot-Descombes, Magnolia Vandiver, Hanna Lavenson, Emily Campbell

Congratulations to the following finalists, their teachers and schools:

Northern Maine Regional Champions (in order alphabetically by school):

  • Shapnah McKenzie, Bangor High School
  • Magnolia Vandiver, George Stevens Academy
  • Hannah Lavenson, Messalonskee High School
  • Emma Jacot-Descombes, Rangeley Lakes Regional Schools
  • Emily Campbell, Waterville High School

Southern Maine Regional Champions (in order alphabetically by school):

  • Southern Regional Finalists Wyatt Bates, Delaney Zeigman, Aaliyah Biamby, Allan Monga, and Joao Victor

    Allan Monga, Deering High School

  • Aaliyah Biamby, Gorham High School
  • Joao Victor, Lewiston High School
  • Delaney Ziegman, Thornton Academy
  • Wyatt Bates, Yarmouth High School

There will be three rounds of recitations. Each student will recite two poems from memory. The scores will be tallied and five students will go to the final round reciting one more of their favorite poems. One state finalist will be named the overall state champion and advance to the national competition, where they will compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, as well as a $20,000 scholarship.

The event will also be broadcast and live streamed on the Maine Arts Commission’s Facebook page in collaboration with Boothbay Region Television and other local access TV stations.

For more information about the state and national finals, please visit the Maine Arts Commission: Poetry Out Loud webpage or contact me, Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

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.

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POL Southern Regional Finals

February 13, 2019

Amazing Reciters

The Poetry Out Loud (POL) Southern Maine Regional Finals were held earlier this week at the beautiful Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Students traveled from 17 high schools in the southern part of the state to recite poetry. The Maine Arts Commission held the Poetry Out Loud (POL) Southern Maine Regional Finals in conjunction with the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Students have been practicing and reciting poems in schools across the state and country since the fall. For the event each student had prepared three recitations and wowed the audience with their amazing performances.

We’re so proud of the following students who participated (listed in order of their recitations, selected randomly). The names with stars are the five students moving onto the state finals on March 11 at the Waterville Opera House, 3:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Messalonskee Jazz Band under the direction of music educator Andy Forster will perform at 2:45 and again in between recitations. All are welcome!

  • Jack Lent, North Yarmouth Academy
  • Stephanie Brown, Portland High School
  • Amber Soucy, Lisbon High School
  • Kaitlyn Guay, Greely High School
  • Liam Doyle, South Portland High School
  • Hannah Smith, Westbrook High School
  • Helen Strout, Cape Elizabeth High School
  • Delaney Ziegman, Thornton Academy**
  • Aaliyah Biamby, Gorham High School**
  • Olivia Cox, Mt. Ararat High School
  • Blythe Thompson, Waynflete School
  • Wyatt Bates, Yarmouth High School**
  • Maya Ham, Oak Hill High School
  • Charles Van West, Maine Coast Waldorf School
  • Allison Rickert, Kennebunk High School
  • Allan Monga, Deering High School**
  • Joao Victor, Lewiston High School**

For more information about the Poetry Out Loud program please go the POL pages at the Maine Arts Commission website.

Southern Regional Finalists Wyatt Bates, Delaney Zeigman, Aaliyah Biamby, Allan Monga, and Joao Victor

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.

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.

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