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2010 Poetry Out Loud Winner

2010 Poetry Out Loud Winner

March 11, 2010
Contact: Carla Walker, Director of Communications
Oklahoma Humanities Council
(405) 235-0280 • carla@okhumanitiescouncil.org

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LAWTON TEEN TAKES STATE TITLE

Oklahoma City, OK—Catherine Horton of Lawton High School is the 2010 Oklahoma state winner of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) in partnership with the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Poetry Foundation.

As the state winner, Horton will receive a $200 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals, April 25-27, where more than $50,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Horton’s school, Lawton High School, was awarded a $500 grant to purchase poetry books. Elizabeth Armstrong of Stillwater High School won second place and a $100 scholarship as well as $200 for her school to purchase poetry books.

Ten regional finalists competed at the Oklahoma state finals on March 6 at Oklahoma City University. Competitors included: Amber Ransom of Ada High School; Blake Smith of Arnett High School; Emily Essary of Bethel High School; Catherine Horton of Lawton High School; Sarah Anderson of Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa; Kirstin Shields of Pittsburg High School; Tiffany Howerton of Putnam City West High School; Johnathan McClintick of Southmoore High School; Elizabeth Armstrong of Stillwater High School; and Morgan Winkelmann of Union Intermediate High School in Broken Arrow.

Each competitor recited three poems selected from a program anthology containing hundreds of poems by both modern and classic poets. “All of the reciters were excellent,” said Dr. Jennifer Kidney, OHC Director of Literature Programs and state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud. “They can all be proud of their accomplishments. The variety of poems and recitation styles made for a very entertaining afternoon.”

Judges for the event included poet and publisher Dorothy Alexander; Oklahoma State Poet Laureate Jim Barnes; OHC Board Member Beverly Davis; and OHC Development Officer Traci Jinkens.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, contact Dr. Kidney at: (405) 235-0280 or jennifer@okhumanitiescouncil.org.

About the Oklahoma Humanities Council
The Oklahoma Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide meaningful public engagement in the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, art criticism, and philosophy. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, OHC provides teacher institutes, Smithsonian exhibits, reading groups, and other cultural opportunities for Oklahomans of all ages. With a focus on K-12 education and community building, OHC engages people in their own communities, stimulating discussion and helping them explore the wider world of human experience.

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