Megan Kim, Cascade Christian senior, her mother Carol, and sister Madi traveled to Washington DC on April 23, as Megan was representing the state of Oregon in the 2017 National Poetry Out Loud Recitation competition. The semi-finals were held on Tuesday, April 25, at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. All the states were divided into three regions, with Oregon being in Region 3.

Megan recited her two poems most eloquently. The competition was strong, with some of the students returning state champions. Megan was not one of those who was chosen to advance to the final competition on April 26, but she stated that the experience was incredible and she was honored to be representing her state and school at the competition.

Those who were competing in the national competition were given the option to submit a poem that they had written. Megan is excited to announce that she was chosen as the Runner-up for the Poetry Ourselves competition for her poem. (At this time, we are not able to release the poem for viewing.)

In addition to the competition, Megan and her family were able to do some sight-seeing, taking in many of our National Monuments. They enjoyed a c\Congressional Breakfast held in the Kennedy Caucus Room. And a highlight was for Megan to meet one of her favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye.

Job well done, Megan! #challengerpride #POL2017