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April 2, 2012

Tennessee High School Student To Participate In National Poetry Competition

Arlington High School freshman named state champion in Poetry Out Loud competition

NASHVILLE - - Anita Norman, a high school student from Arlington, Tennessee was named state champion for Poetry Out Loud during the state finals held at the State Capitol on March 31.  A freshman from Arlington High School, she will represent Tennessee at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. on May 15 – 18, 2012.

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition that is sponsored in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. During the state finals, Norman presented poems by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Dudley Randall and Adelaide Crapsey.

Norman will receive $1,200 in cash prizes and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the nationals. “This is the first time that Arlington High School has competed in Poetry Out Loud and we are thrilled for Anita and her teachers Anna Terry and Kenya Williford, said Dr. Jeffry A. Cozzens, principal at Arlington High School.

“She competed against 36 other students from around the state and through her hard work and support from her teachers and family, she was able to bring home the first place prize.” Anna Terry, Arlington High School’s Poetry Club lead teacher, will receive $1000, an all –expense paid trip to accompany her student to the finals and a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for the school library. 

The first runner-up was MaryBeth Yancey from Dickson County High School in Dickson, Tennessee, who will receive $600 in cash prizes. Ellen Yancey is MaryBeth Yancey’s teacher who will also win $500 in cash prizes as well as $200 will be sent to the school to purchase poetry material.

For further information on Poetry Out Loud in Tennessee, visit http://www.tn.gov/arts/pol2012/pol2012.html.  For more information on the national Poetry Out Loud contest, visit www.poetryoutloud.com.


For more information about the competition or to register your school for the upcoming year, contact Nan Zierden, arts education special projects coordinator at the Tennessee Arts Commission, (615) 532-5934 or email:  nan.zierden@tn.gov.


The Tennessee Arts Commission is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences that add value to the lives of every citizen, and enhances the quality of life in Tennessee communities.


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