Poetry Out Loud Finalists Selected

Last week seven Maine Coast Waldorf students earned top honors in the preliminary round of the school’s Poetry Out Loud contest and advanced to the finals, to be held on Thursday, January 9, at 8:20 in the Downeast Room of the high school. Parents are welcome to attend.

The seven students include ninth grader Piper Staples, sophomores Emma Haims and Avery Jean, juniors Clara Bossi and Finn Veerkamp, and seniors Myah Garrison and Adams Staples. They will be competing to be the school’s representative at the Maine State Regionals in February.

Poetry Out Loud began as a national competition in 2006; it was the brainchild of then Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, and has been jointly sponsored ever since by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Students recite poems by heart that they have selected from the Poetry Out Loud anthology on line. Students who reach the regional competition must perform three pieces. State winners receive cash prizes, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C., and the opportunity to win major college scholarships in the national competition.

In Maine Coast’s eight prior years of participating, the school has placed four students in the state finals, including Sylvia Holland and Sabrina Small in recent years. In 2012, Tyler O’Brien was crowned Maine State Poetry Out Loud Champion.