H.S. Students to Compete in National Poetry Recitation Contest

The Virgin Islands Council on the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation organizes Poetry Out Loud (POL). The poetry recitation event encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national competition, and the Territorial Finals are scheduled for March 11.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of lovers of literature by capitalizing on the resurgence of poetry recitation and performance. The program focuses on poetry as an oral art form as reflected in slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among young people.

Champions from all three school districts will participate at 6-8 p.m., Saturday, March 11, in the POL State Competition at the James Savage Theater, 9033 Catherine Rest, St. Croix. Admission is free.

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Participating schools include: Charlotte Amalie, Ivanna Eudora Kean, Antilles, All Saints Cathedral, V.I. Montessori, Sts. Peter and Paul, St. Thomas-St. John Seventh-day Adventist, Gift Hill, Tutu Church of God Academy, St. Croix Educational Complex, Central High School, St. Joseph, CJM Home School, St. Croix Seventh-day Adventist, Good Hope Country Day and A-Z Academy.

For more information, contact the V.I. Council on the Arts at 774-5984 or http://www.vicouncilonarts.org/

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