Recently Cascade Christian High School alumni Jillian Frakes (class of 2012) and Megan Kim (class of 2017) were interviewed by the Oregon Arts Commission regarding their participation in the National Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. Jillian was the Oregon Poetry Out Loud representative in 2012 and Megan Kim represented Oregon last year (2017). Below is a YouTube video featuring both ladies. Jillian is at the beginning. Megan is 3:54 into the video.

Megan Kim was also interviewed by Deb Vaughn who is a member of American for the Arts. To read, CLICK HERE.

Here is a quote by Megan Kim from the article:

An Interview with Megan Kim: 2017 Oregon State Poetry Out Loud Champion | ARTS Blog

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Speaking of impact, the theme for National Arts in Education week is #BecauseOfArtsEd. How has your life has been impacted by your experiences in the arts?

The arts have been essential in every stage of my life. Beyond being the outlet for my deeply ingrained need to create, the arts have given me some of my most treasured communities. The teachers and peers that the arts have brought into my life have shaped me in profound ways. For example, participating in theatre in middle school helped me come out of my shell and become more confident. And the band program at my high school was a place of refuge and family throughout the years. My experiences in the arts are some of my most memorable and growth-inducing.

Cascade Christian High School is extremely honored to have represented Oregon two times at the national level within the past 6 years. Interest in poetry has grown among our students through this program and we continue to see heightened interest in our Poetry Out Loud assemblies. We look forward to see what the future holds for our students.