POETRY OUT LOUD STATE FINALS
The Idaho Commission on the Arts is excited to share the results of the Idaho Poetry Out Loud Finals which were held on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at the South Junior High Auditorium in Boise. 9 students, from across the state, competed in the annual poetry recitation competition final. Kieran Ellis, a senior from Kuna High School took top honors for his recitation of For the Dogs Who Barked at Me on the Sidewalks in Connecticut by Hanif Abdurraqib, Son/daughter by Kai Conradi and Song: Go and catch a falling star by John Donne. Jaidyn Bruner of Mountain Home High School and Kyran Cates of Teton High School, rounded out the top three.
Idaho State finalist, Kieran Ellis, will receive $200 and $500 will go to Kuna High School for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up, Jaidyn Bruner receives $100, with $200 for her school library.
In the 2019-2020 school year, Idaho Poetry Out Loud had 2,933 students and 91 teachers participating in 27 high schools across the state. The winner of each school competition advanced to the state semi-finals in Boise where 9 were selected to move on to the finals: Jaidyn Bruner (Mountain Home High School), Kyran Cates (Teton High School), Kieran Ellis (Kuna High School), Madison Hashagen (Ririe High School), Ashley Mio (Fruitland High School), Rachel Newcomb (Eagle High School), Julia Ott (Sun Valley Community School), Maria Palmer (Classical Christian Academy), and Gabriel Sevy (Sugar-Salem High School).
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies, including the Idaho Commission on the Arts to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.
Dates and Deadlines
|September 1, 2019||POL online anthology live for 2019-20 school year|
|December 1, 2019||Deadline for school registration at the Idaho Commission on the Arts website|
|January 7, 2020||Deadline to send your school’s participation numbers to PoetryOutLoud@arts.idaho.gov|
|February 7, 2020||Deadline to hold competition in your school and to send information about your champion to PoetryOutLoud@arts.idaho.gov|
|March 7, 2020||Idaho State Semifinal and Final Competitions in Boise|
|March 19, 2020||*CANCELLED* Deadline for state champion and chaperone to register for National Finals|
|April 27 – 29, 2020||*CANCELLED* Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC|