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10th Grader from Deer High School Named State Champ of Poetry Out Loud Contest

Arkansas Arts Council - Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Madeleine Windel, a 10th grader at Deer High School, was named state champion at the 11th annual Arkansas State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest on Saturday, March 5, at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock.

Windel competed against 12 other finalists from high schools around the state. As the state champion, Windel receives $200 from The Poetry Foundation and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship May 3-4, 2016. Her home school will also receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. 

Poetry Out Loud was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation to encourage high school students to memorize and perform great poems.

The Arkansas Poetry Out Loud competition is presented by the Arkansas Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, the Arkansas Department of Education and Pulaski Technical College.

The students competing were selected as the recitation champions of their respective high schools. Contestants recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 400 classic and contemporary poems.

Jeana Lovett, a 12th grader from Waldron High School, was first runner-up and receives $100 and $200 for her school library. Three additional finalists were recognized for their performances: Sydney Bayless, an 11th grader from Lake Hamilton High School; Jalen Bell, a 12th grader at Bell Academy Home School in Rogers; and Carol Pollard, an 11th grader from Osceola High School.

(Pictured is Madeleine Windel and Jeana Lovett.)