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Osceola Student Named State Champ of Poetry Out Loud

Arkansas Arts Council - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Carol Pollard, a 10th grader at Osceola High School, was named state champion at the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest on Saturday, March 14, at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock. Pollard received the top score from the judges for her ability to convey and interpret the meaning of the poems she recited. She competed against 12 other finalists from high schools around the state.

As the state champion, Pollard receives $200 from The Poetry Foundation and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship April 27-29. Her school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

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.

Jalen Bell, an 11th grader from Bell Academy Home School in Rogers, was first runner-up, and three additional finalists were recognized for their performances: Hannah Burdette, a 12th grader from Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock; Emily Dickson, a 12th grader from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Little Rock; and Madeleine Windel, a 9th grader from Deer High School.

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.