Poetry Out Loud Contest set for Feb. 17 at Ellis Arts Academy

From press release

Rockford Area Arts Council announces a regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17, more than 20 students from Auburn, Guilford, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Spectrum high schools will participate in the Northern Illinois Poetry Out Loud regional contest at District 205’s Ellis Arts Academy, 222 S. Central Ave., Rockford.

The first- and second-place winners of this competition advance to Illinois’ State Poetry Out Loud Competition, being held Friday, March 11, in Springfield. The state champion advances to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals April 28-29, in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

The competition, presented in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is honored to provide travel support for regional and state finals of Poetry Out Loud in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Featured speakers and participants will be: Christopher Sims, master of ceremonies; Erik Lewis, Stephen Vrtol, Linda Abronski, George Davis, Karen Walker and Anne O’Keefe will be judges for the event.

Attendance is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For information, call Sharon Nesbit-Davis at (815) 963-6765.

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