Indiana Poetry Out Loud Champion to Compete in National Finals

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Library announced today that Dalia Elkhatib from Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis won the title of 2020 Poetry Out Loud™ Indiana State Champion at the state finals held in Indianapolis on February 15, 2020.  

June Hill from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne was awarded second place. Lillia Jones from Eagle Tech Academy in Columbia City was awarded third place. DeAnthony Carter of Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis won first place in the Poetry Ourselves competition. 

Watch Dalia’s final round recitation of Famous by Naomi Shihab Nye. 

Judges evaluated student performances on criteria including physical presence, voice and articulation, accuracy, and evidence of understanding.  

State Champion Dalia Elkhatib received an award of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the Poetry Out Loud national finals this April. Students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands compete for the title of National Champion. With the title comes a $20,000 prize. 

Supporters can cheer on Dalia through a live, one-time-only webcast of the Poetry Out Loud national finals on April 28-29, 2020 at arts.gov.  

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