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Poetry Out Loud Winners Announced

Poetry Out Loud Winners Announced


The Jenkins Middle High School Poetry Out Loud recitation contest was held in the school library Feb. 12, 2018.  The JMHS student winners are freshman Jimmy Ray Hall, 1st place; junior Claire Conder, 2nd place; freshman Dolson Honeycutt, 3rd place; and junior Jacob Polly, honorable mention. Approximately ten JMHS high school students participated in the school contest, held for the first time this year.


During this contest, students recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems on the poetryoutloud.org website. Judges for the school competition -- Crystal Smallwood, Caitlin Collier, and Corey Mullins --  evaluated student performances using the Poetry Out Loud rubric with criteria including voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, and accuracy.


The school competition, presented in partnership with the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The Kentucky Arts Council grant that funded our school’s participation also provided a teaching artist to provide instruction on poetry performance and other speaking skills to students in 9th and 10th grade English classes during a Jan. 31 visit to JMHS.


Jimmy Ray Hall, our school contest winner, will advance to the state contest on March 13 in Frankfort. The state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship, April 25–26, 2017. Over the past 11 years, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3 million students and 45,000 teachers from 10,000 schools nationwide.


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