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Boonsboro High student wins Poetry Out Loud contest

February 26, 2013
  • Poetry Out Loud competitors, were, from left, Cameron Smith, St. Paul's High School; Johana Gourdin, Dulaney High; Brianne Wade, Boonsboro High; Collin Poyle, Heritage Academy; Airon Echavez Stevanus, Gov. Thomas Johnson High; Christine Fontaine, Brunswick High; Casey Garnett, Oak Grove Academy Homeschool Co-op; Danielle Hoppel, Oak Grove Academy Homeschool Co-op; Gary M. Hartman, Allegany High; and Nicholas DeMichele, Mountain Ridge High.
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Brianne Wade of Boonsboro High School took first place in the Region 1 Poetry Out Loud competition Saturday at The Palace Theatre in Frostburg, Md.

Johana Gourdin of Dulaney High School placed second and Cameron Smith of St. Paul’s High School took third place.

Others who competed included Gary M. Hartman, Allegany High; Nicholas DeMichele, Mountain Ridge High; Airon Echavez Stevanus, Gov. Thomas Johnson High; Christine Fontaine, Brunswick High; Casey Garnett, Oak Grove Academy Homeschool Co-op; Danielle Hoppel, Oak Grove Academy Homeschool Co-op; and Collin Poyle, Heritage Academy.

The top three winners from the Region 1 competition will advance to the state competition at the Baltimore Museum of Art Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. 

At the state level, contestants are eligible for cash awards with additional funds going to the winning student’s school to build its poetry library.

Poetry Out Loud, presented in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council, the Washington County Arts Council Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

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For more information, call Christine Stewart, Poetry Out Loud program director at 410-767-6476; or Deanna Nikaido, Region 1 program coordinator at 410-908-2135, or go to www.poetryoutloud.org/.

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