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STC students compete to advance in poetry contest

February 12, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Two STC High School classrooms are taking part in the Poetry Outloud National Recitation Contest competition. Students of Gary Zmolek, ALM instructor, and Sharon Campbell, instructor of the English Language Learners (ELL) have been working hard to prepare.

Recently classroom competitions were held and the following students advance to the school competition: Amber Kaufman, Colten Quigley, Alejandra Fonseca, Rocio Carrillo, Jose Ramirez and Rocio Flores.

The South Tama High School competition will be Friday, Feb. 12, at 3:45 p.m. in the high school Little Theater. The public is invited; entry will be allowed only before the recitation performances begin.

The winner of this competition will advance to the state’s contest which is scheduled for March 6 at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

As part of the recognition of excellence and achievement, the poetry recitation program is a national contest that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performances and competition. It combines the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, oral presentation and theater and builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form. Curriculum is provided for teachers who wish to include it, and Ms. Campbell’s students did partake in that instruction. The program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

The state winner will receive $200 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national finals, April 25 to 27, 2010. At the national finals, Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in scholarship prizes and school stipends, including $20,000 for the Poetry Out Loud national champion, and $10,000 and $5,000 for the second- and third-place finalists. The remaining nine finalists each receive $1,000 and the schools of the top 12 finalists will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books. Last year, more than 300,000 students were involved in competitions nationwide.


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