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SOURCE Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
HARRISBURG, Pa., March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David "DJ" Gress, a senior at The Kiski School, Indiana County, today won the state finals of the 2013 "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest."
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts hosted the competition at the Governor's Residence in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Corbett, along with First Lady Susan Corbett, chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, welcomed the competitors to the Residence.
"Governor Corbett and I are pleased to host the finals for Pennsylvania's Poetry Out Loud competition. During the past eight years, 55,000 high school students have participated in the competition," said Susan Corbett. "We congratulate this year's 14 finalists and the parents, teachers and principals who supported them in this endeavor."
Gress will represent Pennsylvania at the national championship to be held in Washington, D.C. April 28-30. The state champion will receive $200 from The Poetry Foundation and an expense-paid trip to compete in the national championship, which will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least one $20,000 college scholarship.
Second place went to Alex Jackson, a sophomore at Mercersburg Academy in Franklin County.
Gress and Jackson were among 14 regional finalists chosen from 10,000 Pennsylvania high school students who participated in this year's competition. It is facilitated through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Each student memorized and performed three poems selected from print and online poetry anthologies. Students were judged on voice and articulation, physical presence, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, overall performance and accuracy.
The 12 other regional finalists competing today were:
The panel of judges for the state championship included performers, poets and cultural and business leaders from across the state:
Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, the "Poetry Out Loud" contest encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency under the Governor's Office that works to foster the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state. The council formed the Pennsylvania Arts in Education Partnership in 1995 to enhance efforts to foster educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and community settings.
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