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SC Arts Commission Names Poetry Out Loud Regional Contest Winners


Jan. 31, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is proud to announce the regional winners in the state's 2010-2011 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. All nine students advance to the March 5 state finals to compete for South Carolina's spot in the POL national finals and a shot at a $20,000 scholarship.


Those students are:

- Susannah Schools, Ashley Hall, Charleston Co.
- Savannah Miller, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston Co.
- Adam O. Carter, Ridgeland High School, Jasper Co.


- Rebekah Bowen, Covenant Classical Christian School, Richland Co.
- Gabrielle Guthrie, Pathways for Scholars, Horry Co.
- LeeAnn Swager, Ridge View High School, Richland Co.


- Kayla Bullock, Blue Ridge High School, Greenville Co.
- Katie Moore, Pendleton High School, Anderson Co.
- McKenzie Wilson, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg Co.


Students participated in one of three regional competitions, which took place in Charleston, Sumter and Spartanburg Jan. 22-23. Students advance from classroom-level to school-wide competitions, and finally to regional contests for the chance to compete in state finals. State champions will compete in the national finals April 27-29 in Washington, D.C.  


The state champion receives $200, a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books for their school library, and an all-expense paid trip to the national finals. A runner-up receives $100, and their library receives a $200 poetry book stipend.


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.