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 nine state finalists for the Alaska Poetry Out Loud Competition. These nine 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 Tuesday, March 15th in Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska State Champion will then advance to the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, DC in May.

Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalists for 2016:

·         Sam Blom from Tanalian School in Port Alsworth

·         Savannah Bowery from North Pole High School in North Pole

·         Shannon Croft from West Anchorage High School in Anchorage

·         Kaye Gumera from Unalaska City School in Unalaska

·         Briannah Letter from Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau

·         Rachel Moore from Paul F. Asicksik School in Shaktoolik

·         Ashelyn Rude from Glenallen School in Glenallen

·         Juliana Smit from Colony High School in Palmer

·         Kylie Wallace from Petersburg High School in Petersburg

Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. In the 2015‐2016 school year, Poetry Out Loud celebrates its eleventh anniversary, reaching millions of students from more than 7,300 schools nationwide.

This year, more than 3600 Alaska students grades K-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.