Announcement: State Finals are Complete!
Congratulations and Thank You to all of our State Finalists:
- Adalia Deach Skagway School
- Myah Enriquez Petersburg High School
- Callia Fielding Skagway School
- Asya Gipson West Anchorage High School
- Logan Haley Petersburg High School
- Lucy Reese North Pole High School
- Zoe Springsteen West Anchorage High School
- Ellah Wardell Tanalian School in Port Alsworth
- Tatiana Watkins-Snow West Anchorage High School
- Valeria Zamora-Martinez Ben Eielson Jr./Sr. High School
Now to Announce our Winners!
State Runner-Up: Tatiana Watkins-Snow from West Anchorage High School
State Champion: Asya Gipson from West Anchorage High School
Congratulations to you all for an amazing job! Every one of us enjoyed your performances and how much work you put into these recitations. We hope that Poetry will be a part of your lives forever and for those of you that are not seniors we hope that you participate again next year!
We will get everyone together again soon so we can watch the whole event together via a Watch Party with our partners at KTOO on April 26th so please mark your calendars!
What is Poetry Out Loud?
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. By encouraging youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The program and all materials are provided to each partner at no cost.
Participating partners host their own competitions and select a student to represent their school at the state finals. Each year, the state champion advances to the national finals in Washington, D.C. and competes for a $20,000 college scholarship. In order to ensure the safety and health of participating students and staff, the 2021 POL National Finals will be held virtually in lieu of holding them on-site in Washington D.C. as previously planned.
Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Alaska State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
2020 is the 15th anniversary of Poetry Out Loud, and we hope you will join us! Rather than being a simple exercise in memorization, learning to recite poetry encompasses college and career-ready skills, including structural analysis, interpretation of meaning, point of view, close-reading and the use of higher order thinking skills.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and competes in the national finals. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for their school. At the national finals, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually.
What is The Process?
In 2020-2021 Alaska Regional and State Poetry Out Loud (AK POL) Competitions will be video-adjudicated competitions, as will the National Poetry Out Loud Competition in May. Due to the Coronavirus, COVID-19 Pandemic, and current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we strongly encourage teachers and organizers at all contest levels to hold virtual competitions for the 2020-2021 Poetry Out Loud (POL) season. We make this suggestion for the safety and well-being of students, parents, teachers, and everyone involved with POL. For any organizer who declines to hold a virtual competition, and elects to hold an in-person contest, please follow any federal, state, and local guidelines in regard to slowing the spread of COVID-19. This may include wearing masks, enforcing social distancing measures, hand-sanitizing, and ensuring participants and guardians are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending, and while participating in, a POL event.
Each participant at the Regional level of competition will be required to submit a video for one poem recitation; each participant at the State level of competition will be required to submit videos for three poem recitations.
At the school level, each school including grades 9-12 coordinates its own competition. School winners participate in a region-wide competition, with regions to be determined by the AK POL planning committee following the registration period. Participating, registered Schools may identify between 1-4 students to send forward to the region-wide competition: the deadline for submitting videos to the Regional level of competition is February 10, 2021.
For the 2020-2021 school cycle, the Alaska Poetry Out Loud program will also accept at-large registrations by individual students, to compete directly in the Regional level of competition providing the following guidelines are met:
- An at-large, individual student participant must identify an AK POL school teacher/liaison/coach, who has agreed to be a point of contact with the AK POL planning committee, and
- If the student’s school is registered for AK POL, the student must participate in the school competition; if more than four at-large, individual student participants register from any school entity, the school must determine the four students who will proceed forward to the Regional level of competition, from their school.
Should more than four individual students register from a single school, where the school is not registered, the AK POL planning committee will consult and coordinate with that school in mounting a school competition. Guidance for organizing a competition at the classroom and school competition is available at: https://www.poetryoutloud.org/teachers-organizers/organize-a-contest/. Please note: in the case where a school does not have enough students to hold a classroom or school competition, AK POL’s Regional level of competition will meet the program guidelines for eligibility.
Amanda Filori, Alaska Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
(907) 419-7828 (cell)
Laura Forbes, Arts Education Program Director
Alaska State Council on the Arts
(907) 269-6682 (w) (907) 394-1525 (cell)
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 Filori 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.
2014 Competition Info:
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