Indiana State Poetry Out Loud Finals this Saturday

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and the Indiana State Library (ISL) announced today that students representing 14 high schools from all regions of the state will compete on Saturday, February 15th in the Poetry Out Loud Indiana State Finals. 

Indiana’s 2019 State Champion Madalyn Pedigo reciting a poem at the Poetry Out Loud National Championship in Washington D.C. Photo by James Kegley.

The 14 students taking part in the 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Finals include: 

  • Claire Berry, Lawrenceburg High School, Lawrenceburg 
  • Magdalene Clemons, Twin Lakes High School, Monticello 
  • Dalia Elkhatib, Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis 
  • Mya Englert, Forest Park Jr./Sr. High School, Ferdinand 
  • Ally Groves, Signature Charter High School, Evansville 
  • Gwendolyn Hays, Indiana Digital Learning School, Modoc 
  • June Hill, Homestead High School, Fort Wayne 
  • Lillia Jones, Eagle Tech Academy, Columbia City 
  • Lauren Jordanich, La Lumiere School, LaPorte
  • Aubrey Landis, Monroe Central Jr./Sr. High School, Parker City 
  • Piper Parks, Columbus Signature New Tech High School, Columbus
  • Zora Streiff, Bloomington South High School, Bloomington 
  • Jacy Thomas, Purdue Polytechnic High School, Indianapolis 
  • Chloe Woodring, West Washington Jr./Sr. High School, Campbellsburg 

The poetry recitation contest will begin at 9:30 a.m. (EST) at the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in April. The state champion’s school receives a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books. 

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Indiana Arts Commission, and Indiana State Library.