Poetry Out Loud 2016 Regional Contest
Posted by: Coronado Arts 5 years, 9 months ago


On Friday, February 5th, Coronado High School freshman Georgia Ronis competed against eleven other students from around San Diego County in the Regional Finals Poetry Out Loud Competition. Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation.

Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico with a cumulative prize purse of over $50,000 dollars.

Students from all of the United States participate in this competition each year. Each regional winner from California goes on to compete in Sacramento, and that finalist goes on to Washington D.C. representing California. The top finalist takes home $20,000 dollars. This was the first time for Coronado to be represented.

The San Diego County regional recitation contest took place at the new San Diego Public Library, with some stiff competition and with a very impressive panel of judges. Although Georgia was the youngest competitive this year, she was awarded as a Finalist. Georgia recited two poems from memory, "I Heard a Fly Buzz - When I Died" by Dickenson and "I Carry Your Heart with Me" by ee cummings. The Cultural Arts Commission was proud of Georgia and look forward to having her compete again next year!

For more information on Poetry Out Loud visit the California Arts Council click here.

Image is Georgia Ronis with one of the contest judges, Mark Christopher Lawrence (Actor, Comic and Singer)