Area High School Students Compete in Statewide Poetry Recitation Contest
Poetry Out Loud is an annual event
Poetry Out Loud runner-up Jamilla Rahim of Durham (left) stands with state champion Lillian Hawkins of New Hanover County (right).
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Arts Council
Several local students competed with other students from across the state in Greensboro for the annual statewide Poetry Out Loud competition.
Before the finals, more than 65 schools participated in Poetry Out Loud, which consisted of classroom lessons, classroom competitions and district competitions taking place last fall. Students from these schools vied to make it to the state semifinals and finals in February.
“Poetry Out Loud has inspired thousands of high school students across North Carolina to discover and develop deep, personal relationships with great classic and contemporary poetry,” says Sharon Hill, Arts in Education director for the North Carolina Arts Council. “The state finals are a unique opportunity for students to work with renowned poets and educators from across the state while they network with their peers.”
The winner of the competition was Lillian Hawkins of New Hanover County, and the runner-up was Jamilla Rahim of Durham School of the Arts. Other area participants included Daisy Goldston and Halden Levin from Durham County; Seth Mabry from Johnston County; and Kiara Bush, Nalaya Giraud and Alexander Williams from Wake County.
The winner and first runner-up each received cash awards and funds for their school’s library.