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10 S.C. Students Head to State Poetry Out Loud Finals


March 12, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Ten South Carolina high school students are competing at the Poetry Out Loud State Finals March 20 at the Columbia Museum of Art. Students are competing for the state’s spot in the POL National Finals April 24 in Washington, D.C., and for a shot at the $20,000 grand prize. Each student was a finalist at one of three regional competitions.


Those students and their respective high school are:
- Shannon Laribo, Ashley Hall, Charleston Co.
- Lauren DiNicola, Charleston County School of the Arts, Charleston Co.
- McLennan Janes, Waccamaw High School, Georgetown


- Kaneisha Payton, Spring Valley High School, Richland Co.
- Christy Altman, Pathways for Scholars, Horry Co.
- Teilor Kynnedi McManus, Strom Thurmond High School, Edgefield Co.
- Kylie Eschliman, Irmo High School, Lexington Co.


- David Michael Bryant, Indian Land High School, Lancaster Co.
- Michaela DeBrule, Andrew Jackson High School, Lancaster Co.
- Taylor Morton, Pendleton High School, Anderson Co.


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 24 in Washington, D.C. A runner up will also receive $100, and their library will receive a $200 poetry book stipend.


"Poetry Out Loud" is a national recitation contest created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. 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.


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