AE Capital City Weekly Caitlin Woolsey, a student at Sitka High School, won first prize in the Alaska state finals of "Poetry Out Loud," a national poetry recitation competition sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Poetry Foundation. Woolsey will go on to compete for a $20,000 college scholarship in the national finals, which will take place April 16 in Washington, D.C. In addition to an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., Woolsey will receive a $200 cash prize and Sitka High School will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books for its school library. Students from seven Alaskan high schools competed in this 4th statewide competition of Poetry Out Loud, including Tyee Dunlap from Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau. The finals, well attended by parents, teachers and supporters of the participants, were held at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Center on March 16. Each competitor recited two works from the Poetry Out Loud anthology. They were judged on memorization, voice inflection, stage presence and other criteria.

Photo: Sitka student to represent Alaska at Poetry Out Loud national finals

Photo Courtesy Of Alaska State Council On The Arts
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