Seven students from Amador County recently competed in the Poetry Out Loud County Final competition, which was held at Jackson Library in the evening of Monday, February 11. After judging was completed, it was announced that Noah Bunting resident of Sutter Creek and from Amador High School, is the Amador County Poetry Out Loud winner.
Bunting, along with parent/guardian, will now proceed with expenses paid to compete in the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals to be held in Sacramento on March 10 and 11. California proudly holds court as home to the largest Poetry Out Loud competition in the country, growing steadily since its start in 2005. The state champion receives:
- $200 cash prize
- An all-expense paid trip to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity to receive college scholarship funds
- $500 for their school to purchase literary materials
This year’s Amador competitors received many weeks of tutoring from local professional artists in the poetry and performance fields, including Amador Poet Laureate Kat Everitt and Cal Fullerton graduate and Amador High alumna Christina Morris (’13). The highlight of the evening included amazing recitations by six students from Pioneer Elementary, the local Visual and Performing Arts magnet school.
|Winner Noah Bunting with Amador Poet Laureate Kat Everitt|
Judges were local arts education leaders: Amador County Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Slavensky, School Board President Susan Ross, Visual and Performing Arts Principal of Pioneer Elementary Laurie Carson, and AmadorArts Education Director Sue Lagomarsino.
Previous County winners were Conor Broderick and Hailey Dacier, both from of Amador High School.
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is an extraordinary opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and win prizes. POL is a free program in which students learn through poetry memorization and recitation. It helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and better understand literary history and contemporary life.
This is the third year that Amador County has participated in Poetry Out Loud, organized by AmadorArts because of its importance in Arts Education. Nearly every county in the state participates and receives funding from the California Arts Council, a State Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts to facilitate the program.
Poetry Out Loud starts through the English Depts. at Amador, Argonaut, and Independence High Schools and through the Drama Depts. at Argonaut and Amador High Schools. Meghan O’Keefe of AmadorArts thanks the involvement of administrators and teachers at the three high schools and at the school district for continuing this valued program. The AmadorArts phone is 209-256-8166 or firstname.lastname@example.org