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Date(s) - 03/02/2018
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Southern Illinois Poetry Out Loud judges from left to right Kevin Purcell, Elaine Ramseyer, and Allison Joseph dilberate participants recitation score based on criteria.

Carbondale Community Arts is pleased to announce the winner and runner-up of this week’s Poetry Out Loud Southern Illinois Regional Recitation Competition. Held on Wednesday, February 28 at CCA’s Artspace 304, at 304 W Walnut St in downtown Carbondale, the house was filled with competing students, teachers and a cheering section of families, friends and community members alike.

Three schools were represented in the competition- Agape Christian School in Marion- coordinated by instructor Julianne Doty; Clay City High School in Clay City, IL- coordinated by instructor Michelle Phegley, and Carbondale Community High School- coordinated by instructor Erik Berrey. Instructors used Poetry Out Loud (POL) curriculum in schools and facilitated competitions at the school level. Winners of each school’s competition represented their respective school at the regional competition.

Competing were Drake Dury , Brandon Feinhold,  Zach McDannel, and Maggie Wyatt of Agape Christian School; Megan Brown, Shelby Cailteux, Macy Harvey, and Blake Noll of Clay City High School and Kenzie Clerk and Amina Wilson of Carbondale Community High School. Students each prepared two poems for recitation.

Southern Illinois Regional Poetry Out Loud participants from left to right: Drake Dury, Brandon Fienhold, Zach McDannel, Maggie Wyatt, Amina Wilson, Shelby Cailteux, Blake Noll, Macy Harvey, Megan Brown, Kenzie Clerk.

Judges Allison Joseph (Poet, Editor, and Associate Professor of English at SIU Carbondale), Kevin Purcell (Professional Actor, Stage Director, and Playwright), and Elaine Ramseyer (Literary Artist and Community Cultivator) considered criteria set by the POL program as they evaluated each student’s recitation. After two recitation rounds- the scores were tabulated and the winners and runner-up were announced. Following the announcement and presentation of certificates to students, all were invited to linger in the gallery- view the exhibit, socialize and enjoy refreshments.

The regional winner and runner-up will represent southern Illinois in the state competition on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.

Southern Illinois Regional Poetry Out Loud winners and runner up from left to right: Erik Berry (CCHS teacher); Kenzie Clerk, runner up; Brandon Fienhold, winner, Julianne Doty (Agape Christian High School teacher); Lisa Janssen, CCA Executive Director.

The winner of the 2018 Southern Illinois Regional Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition is Brandon Fienhold of Agape Christian School, Marion, IL. The runner-up is Kenzie Clerk, of Carbondale Community High School in Carbondale, IL. Carbondale Community Arts wishes Brandon and Kenzie all the best for success at state and as they work to fine-tune their poem recitation in preparation.

CCA extends a special thanks to all the teachers who made Poetry Out Loud available in their classrooms and encouraged their students to participate.

CCA also wishes to acknowledge the efforts of past participating teachers and students for whom delayed outreach and scheduling due to the state budget impasse thwarted participation in this year’s regional contest.

                 Poetry Out Loud- is a program that has served high school students across the region since 2006 and provides valuable free curriculum materials for schools as well as the opportunity to compete for scholarship dollars at the national level. This program is made possible by a funding partnership program at the national level by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and at the state level by the Illinois Arts Council Agency.