FLINT TWP. — Olivia Van Duyne, a 12-grader, is the Carman-Ainsworth winner for the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.
The competition is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.
Thirteen CAHS students participated last month in the Poetry Out Loud CAHS school contest at the high school auditorium.
Presented in partnership with the Michigan Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a schoolwide competition, then to a state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Over the past 11 years, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3 million students and 45,000 teachers from 10,000 schools nationwide.
At Carman-Ainsworth, students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy. Teachers introduced poetry recitation in the classroom using free, standards-based curriculum materials created by the NEA and the Poetry Foundation, including a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, an online anthology, posters, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these resources at poetryoutloud.org.
As the CAHS winner, Van Duyne advanced to the state contest held on Friday, March 3 at The Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. Each champion at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship, April 25–26, 2017. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials.
To learn more about the Michigan Poetry Out Loud contest, visit poetryoutloud.org.