FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2020
Contact: Amanda Filori, Alaska Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
350 Whittier St. Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 586-5099 | email@example.com
Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Website: www.jahc.org/poetry-out-loud
2020 ALASKA STATE POETRY OUT LOUD FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
JUNEAU, ALASKA – The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council (JAHC) are pleased to announce the ten state finalists for the 2020 Alaska Poetry Out Loud Competition. These ten students have progressed in competition at the classroom, school and regional levels, across Alaska. Each student will represent their schools and communities at the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Competition on Thursday, March 12th in Juneau, Alaska KTOO Studio 1. The Alaska State Champion will then advance to the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, DC in April.
Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalists for 2020:
- Andrea Burt representing Petersburg High School
- Iris Downey representing Homer High School
- Asya Gipson representing West Anchorage High School
- Moriah Jacobsen representing Upstream Learning in Gakona
- Susanna Lee representing Lathrop High School in Fairbanks
- Keenan Miller representing Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau
- Josie Peace representing Twindly Bridge Charter School in Wasilla
- Maisha Rahman representing Skagway School
- Florence Judy Sarren representing Unalakleet School
- Alaura Schiano representing Tanalian School in Port Alsworth
Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. In the 2019-2020 school year, Poetry Out Loud celebrates its twelfth anniversary, reaching millions of students from more than 7,300 schools nationwide.
This year, more than 3790 Alaska students grades 9-12 participated in Poetry Out Loud in their home communities. ASCA and JAHC congratulate all these students for their work in memorization and recitation of poetry from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology. We thank all of the teachers, librarians, school administrators, parents and community partners who support and encourage their students to participate. Each of these supports helps students master public speaking skills, build self confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Alaska Poetry Out Loud is presented in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and schools and communities across the state of Alaska.
POETRY OUT LOUD 2019 -2020 Timeline:
March 11-13, 2020 – Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finals (Competition to be held March 12th)
April 27-29, 2020 – National Poetry Out Loud Finals
General POL Information
ALASKA POETRY OUT LOUD TOOLKIT
- Poetry Out Loud Teacher Resources
- Online Anthology
- Poetry Out Loud Tips for recitation
- Poetry Out Loud FAQ sheet
Organizing a contest – Includes: Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric
Judge Preparation – Includes: Advice for Judges, Score Sheets, Evaluation Sheets, Evaluation Criteria, Judge’s Guide, Prompter Instructions, Sample Tally Sheet, Scoring Rubric
Poetry Out Loud is a collaborative project of the
- Alaska State Council on the Arts,
- National Endowment for the Arts,
- Poetry Foundation,
- Alaska State Writing Consortium,
- Juneau Arts and Humanities Council (JAHC)
For more information about the Alaska POL Program contact Amanda Fliori at firstname.lastname@example.org
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2016 Competition Info:
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Championship is Shannon Croft of West Anchorage High and the runner up is Rachel Moore of Shaktoolik. The POL competition was held March 15th at the Studio @360 North. There were 9 participants from high schools throughout the state of Alaska.
2015 Competition Info:
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Championship is Maeva Ordaz of West Anchorage High and the runner up is Rachel Moore of Shaktoolik. The POL competition was held March 14th at the Studio @360 North. There were 9 participants from high schools throughout the state of Alaska.
Maeva’s winning performance in the National Competition in 2015
Watch To hear about the program from the 2015 Alaska and National Poetry Out Loud Champion, Maeva Ordaz, in a video she produced with the Alaska Teen Media Institute you can click the link at https://vimeo.com/138813527. Maeva discusses the value of the program and her experience with the Alaska State and National Poetry Out Loud Program.
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