Saline junior India Pruette will compete to be Michigan's Poetry Out Loud Champion this weekend.
On Friday and Saturday, 33 high school students from across the state will take center stage for three rounds of poetry recitation and the chance to be named Michigan’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud Champion.
Pruette represents Saline for the third straight year. Last March, she was third runner-up in the state competition - the highest any Saline student has placed.
The competition, free and open to the public, will be held at the Lansing Crowne Plaza, 925 S Creyts Rd, Lansing, MI 48917. Round one will take place on the afternoon of March 1, and the final two rounds will take place on the morning of March 2.
Saline High School teachers Shelly Venema and Madelyn Clark are advisors of the SHS Poetry Out Loud program.
As partners in Poetry Out Loud—a national poetry recitation program coordinated statewide by the Michigan Humanities through a collaboration with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs—high school teachers from Calumet to Ypsilanti have challenged their students to learn about and interpret poetry while building their public-speaking skills. Each school champion will have three poems prepared for recitation at the upcoming State Finals competition, and will be judged based on their physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, overall performance, and accuracy.
“What excites us most is that Poetry Out Loud’s impact goes far beyond the contest; it’s an opportunity for Michigan’s high school students to dive deep into poetry, connect with and support their peers, and share their passion for the arts and humanities,” said Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, President and CEO at Michigan Humanities. She continued, “We can’t wait to see this year’s students take the stage for our fourteenth year of Michigan’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals.”
The Michigan state champion receives a $1200 cash award, $1500 stipend for their school, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to represent Michigan at the national competition and compete for a $20,000 award. At the state level, the first runner-up will receive $600, with $700 for their school. The second runner-up will receive $200, with $200 for their school. The third runner-up will receive $100, with $100 for their school. Student and school prizes at the state level are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Liesel Litzenburger Meijer Fund. Support for Poetry Out Loud in Michigan is also provided by the Poetry Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Meijer.
The winner will travel to Washington DC and represent Michigan in the national finals.