Danielle Corbett (left) from Jesse Remington High School in Candia is the winner of New Hampshire’s 2016 Poetry Out Loud High School Championship, which took place at the State House’s Representatives Hall on March 21. Alexia Gorton (right) from Goffstown High School was selected as alternate champion. Virginia Prescott (center) from NH Public Radio was the emcee.
As state champion, Corbett receives $200 and travel expenses to compete at the national championship in Washington, D.C., accompanied by an adult chaperone. Her high school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Gorton will receive $100, with $200 for her school library.
State champions from around the U.S. will gather to recite their selected poems at the national Poetry Out Loud competition on May 2 – 4, 2016, where a total of $50,000 in awards and scholarships will be presented.
Should Corbett be unable to attend, Gorton will represent New Hampshire at the event.
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies on Poetry Out Loud for the past 11 years.
The 2016 Poetry Out Loud Finalists that competed at the State House on March 21st.
For more information on Poetry Out Loud, the NH high schools involved with Poetry Out Loud and the high school calendar of competitions taking place in February visit our webpage. To learn more enjoy this inspiring national Poetry Out Loud video.
Photo Credit: Allegra Boverman