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35 SC High School Champions to Battle at Regional Poetry Slams


Jan. 13, 2010

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Thirty-five high school champions are advancing to one of three regional competitions Jan. 22-23 as a part of the 2010-2011 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. Students will compete for one of nine spots slotted for this year’s state finals, which takes place March 5 in Columbia.


The competition schedule is as follows:
Midlands: Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., Nettles Auditorium, USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road, Sumter
Upstate:  Jan. 22 at 2 p.m., Showroom at Hub-Bub, 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., Spartanburg
Lowcountry: Jan. 23, 2 p.m., College of Charleston Stern Student Center, 4th floor ballroom, College of Charleston, 71 George Street, Charleston


Three finalists from each region advance to state finals. The state champion will receive $200, a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for their school library, and an all-expense paid trip to the POL national finals April 27-29 in Washington, D.C. A runner up will also receive $100, and their library will receive a $200 poetry book stipend. Lauren DiNicola from Charleston County School of the Arts is the 2009-2010 South Carolina state champion.


Poetry Out Loud, a program created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Last year more than 200,000 students in all U.S. states and the U.S. Virgin Islands competed. The winner received a $20,000 scholarship.


Collaborating with the Arts Commission to carry out this year's statewide program are Hub City Writers Project, Sumter County Cultural Commission, the University of South Carolina Sumter, the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts, the College of Charleston, The Humanities Council SC, South Carolina Department of Education, South Carolina ETV Radio’s “Speaking of Schools” program with Doug Keel, and the Columbia Museum of Art. For more, contact Frances Kablick at FMKablick@arts.sc.gov or (803) 734-8639.


About SCAC:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.