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2008 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest

Poetry Out Loud LogoFifteen New Hampshire high schools will participate in the 2008 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Competition (National Recitation Project) sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation.

By encouraging high school students to memorize and perform great poems, Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. This exciting new program, which began in 2005, helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Teal Van DyckThe program consists of a three-week curriculum (provided by the National Endowment for the Arts) in which students develop memorization skills and a deeper understanding of classic poetry. Each high school holds a competition in classrooms to select winners interested in participating in a school-wide competition. Each participating high school then selects a winner to compete at a regional and state final competition. The state regional and finals competition will take place at Keene State College in the Arts Center at Brickyard Pond on March 22, 2008. (Snow date is March 29, 2008).

Meet Our Master of Ceremonies for 2008 Poetry OutLoud Finals Competition at Keene State College, March 22, 2008

One winner from each school will advance to the state Poetry Out Loud contest, taking place at Keene State College's Arts Center on Brickyard Pond on Saturday, March 22, 2008, from noon until 5:30 p.m. (snowdate: 3-29-08). The public is invited to attend.

The winner of the state competition will receive $200 and an all expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, DC, on April 27-29, 2008. Additionally, the winner's school will receive $500 to purchase poetry books. The individual state runner-up will receive $100 with an additional $200 award to his/her school for poetry books.

Poetry Out Loud coming to a school near you (January 23, 2008 Union Leader article)

The participating NH high schools include the following:
(click on the school name to access school website and directions)

School Date Time Snow Date Champion Alternate Champion
Bow High School February 22 9:00am TBA Reed Van Dyck Ethan Nappen
Cocheco Arts & Tech. Academy February 14 11:30am February 15 Hannah Skelton Caitlin Holt
Concord High School Postponed: new date noted in "Snow Date" column (right) 9:30am February 19 Cote Laramie Phoebe Bonaparte-Krogh
Dover High School February 21 12:45pm TBA Kai Fukunaga Samuel Rheaume
Exeter High School February 20 9:30am February 21 Laura Messner Madeline Blaise
Hopkinton High School February 18 6:00pm TBA Annalise Pennel
Sarah Metcalf
John Stark Regional High School February 11 7:00pm TBA Benjamin Wolf Lehr Mueser
Rob McCardell
Newmarket Jr/Senior High School February 19 7:00pm March 4 Minta Carlson

Terri Shamis

Oyster River High School January 10 6:00pm TBA Sven Wiberg
Justine Young
Pembroke Academy February 21 2:30pm TBA Amanda Kruczinski Randilyn Driver
Pittsfield High School January 31 3:30pm TBA Alexandra Young
Jake Ramsey
Plymouth Regional High School February 13 6:30pm February 20 Molly McCann

Aubre Kilanowski

Salem High School January 17 6:00pm TBA Sarah Cotton Patrick Finn
Timberlane Regional High School March 6 6pm TBA Alexis Taffe
Alison Halchak-Lord
Winnacunnet High School February 18 6:30pm TBA Laurel Weatherby Chelsea Leah

New Hampshire partners for Poetry Out Loud include the NH Writers' Project, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Keene State College, the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, The Poetry Society of NH, the Frost Place in Franconia and Toadstool Bookstores of Peterborough and Milford.

For updates on New Hampshire high school competition dates please check this webpage frequently.

For more information on the 2008 Poetry out Loud program in NH, contact Rodger Martin, Project Director at 603-525-4715,; or Catherine O'Brian, Arts in Education Coordinator, NH State Council on the Arts, 603-271-0795, or Catherine.R.O'

More details about the program plus many valuable resources are available at the national Poetry Out Loud website:


Last updated: September 2, 2010

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