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Stillwater High School Student Takes State Title

Stillwater High School Student Takes State Title

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) announced that Renae Perry, a senior at Stillwater High School, is this year's Oklahoma winner of the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts and humanities education program for high school students designed to engage young people with poetry through memorization and recitation. OHC sponsors the state program in cooperation with the Oklahoma Arts Council. The national program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

As the state winner, Perry will receive a $200 scholarship and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals, April 27-29, where more than $50,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Stillwater High School will receive a $500 stipend with which to purchase poetry books.

"The six state finalists were a very talented group who should be proud of their accomplishments." said Manda Overturf, OHC Program Officer and state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud. "I also congratulate the over 4,000 students who participated in the statewide school-level and regional competitions. Through the Poetry Out Loud
competition, students not only improve public speaking skills and build self-confidence but also become better acquainted with our literary heritage."

Six regional finalists competed at the Oklahoma state finals on March 5 at the Lyric Theatre at the Plaza in Oklahoma City. Each finalist recited poems selected from a vast anthology. Christianna Clark of Mount Saint Mary's High School in Oklahoma City won second place and a $100 scholarship, as well as $200 for her school to purchase poetry books. Other competitors included: Catherine Horton of Lawton High School; Hailey Taylor of New Lima High School; Christina Williams of Sapulpa High School; and Muhammad Habib of Union Intermediate High School, Tulsa.

Judges for the event included: author Rilla Askew; University of Oklahoma English associate professor Dr. James Zeigler; Kirkpatrick Foundation program officer Paulette Black; and OHC board member Beverly Davis.
For information on how your school can participate in Poetry Out Loud, contact Manda Overturf (405) 235-0280 or manda@okhumanitiescouncil.org.