On Saturday, March 4, Megan Kim (senior), competed in the regional Poetry Out Loud contest alongside six other students from area schools. The contest was held at the Medford Public Library. With her eloquent recitations of Degress of Gray in Philipsburg by Richard Hugo and Bleeding Heart by Carmen Gimenez Smith, she was one of three finalists who was chosen to compete at the State level next weekend in Salem. After the competition was over, the three finalist recited a third poem. Megan’s was titled Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy.

The three finalists to compete at State. Megan is on the far right.

Each State will send a representative to the National Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest in Washington DC in late April to compete for a substantial college scholarship. Join us in praying for Megan as she prepares for the State competition! We wish her God’s blessings.

It was also a pleasure to see former CCHS student, Jillian Frakes, who was sitting on the Poetry Out Loud  judges panel. Jillian advanced to the National Poetry Out Loud contest in 2012. She is currently finishing up her Masters of Art in Teaching at SOU and will graduate this spring.

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud or if you would like to become involved, contact Deb Vaughn, Arts Education/Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, 503-986-0085, or email [email protected]. You can also visit oregonartscommission.org/poetyoutloud.