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Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest

October 2008 – May 2009
South Carolina High Schools

Poetry Out Loud in South Carolina

For a fourth year, the South Carolina Arts Commission has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest" to more than 30 South Carolina high schools. The program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance.


Statewide Competition

POL champions Shannon Laribo and Tremaine RappShannon Laribo (left), a sophomore at Ashley Hall in Charleston, is the state champion of South Carolina’s Poetry Out Loud Contest. First runner-up is Tremaine Rapp (right), a senior at Greenwood High School.


Laribo will face off with 52 high school students at the 2009 Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 27-28 in Washington, D.C. A total of $50,000 in scholarship prizes and school stipends will be awarded at the finals.


She receives $200 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals, where the NEA will award $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends. Ashley Hall’s library also receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Rapp receives $100, and his library receives a $200 poetry book stipend.


Other 2008-2009 state finalists:

Lowcountry Region

  • Lauren DiNicola, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston County
  • Jacob Kupferman, Porter Gaud, Charleston County


Midlands Region
  • Duncan Perry, Conway Christian School, Horry County
  • David Fleck, Carolina Forest High School, Horry County
  • Alexandra Marie Yeanacopolis, The Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, Horry County


Upstate Region
  • Taylor A. Morton, Pendleton High School, Anderson County
  • A'derrica Roseboro, York Comprehensive High School, York County


Contest structure

Poetry Out Loud begins at the classroom level, with winners from each classroom advancing to a school-wide competition and then to regional competitions. Regional winners advance to South Carolina's state finals. Ultimately, one student from each state competes in the national finals in Washington, D.C.



Collaborating with the Arts Commission to carry out this year's statewide program are The Humanities Council SC, Hub City Writers Project, Sumter County Cultural Commission and the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts.


For more information:


Please contact Sara June Goldstein, 803-734-8694 for additional information.