PUBLISHED: 10:47 AM on Tuesday, October 17, 2006
High school students in Alaska are invited to compete in poetry recitation contest
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. From October through March schools are invited to participate in classroom and school wide contests, advancing to a state competition on March 12.

High school teachers who are interested in participating in Poetry Out Loud should know that the program requires less than two or three weeks of class time. High schools that wish to be part of the official Poetry Out Loud program must contact the Alaska State Council on the Arts to participate. All high schools are eligible to take part in the official Poetry Out Loud program. Home school students should coordinate with local high schools to participate. Contact Susan Olson, Arts Education Director for the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 269-6682 or toll-free in Alaska at 1-888-278-7424 or visit for more information.

Students who participate in the official Poetry Out Loud program through the Alaska State Council on the Arts may be eligible to compete in the State and National finals in 2007. Each winner at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. One runner-up in each state will receive $100, with $200 for his/her school library. Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends at the National Finals.