Q is from Cedar Crest High School and is the regional winner from our contest that was held on February 3rd, 2021. We are incredibly proud of their performance and all the other students who had participated in the Poetry Out Loud Contest this year! Good luck at states, Q!
This year's Poetry Out Loud Contest will be held on February 9th, 2022 in-person, location (TBD).
Nearly 4500 high schools across the country and 112 high schools in Pennsylvania participated in the annual Poetry Out Loud (POL) national recitation contest last year and over $1Million in scholarships have been awarded! Join us! Your high school's champion will participate in the regional finals; the regional champion will participate in the state finals. Our region includes Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties. The state champion will then participate in the national finals.
Poetry Out Loud is a free program offered to every high school student in Pennsylvania. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Studying literature, including poetry, practicing speaking, listening, and language and reading skills strongly supports your district’s curriculum.
You may see the teachers’ guide at: https://www.poetryoutloud.org/teachers-organizers/
What Must Students Do?
Students choose poems from the anthology to analyze, memorize, and recite. More than 1000 poems are online -- diverse choices are available including contemporary, traditional, and international works.
Please complete the Registration form, return it by December 6th, 2021 (sooner is better), and we’ll keep you informed as plans for the regional contest progress.
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The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency charged with the development and promotion of the arts in the Commonwealth. To accomplish its mission, the PCA encourages educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and educational settings. Study of the arts provides Pennsylvania's youth with positive models for teamwork, project management and goal setting, along with opportunities for academic achievement and intellectual and emotional discovery.