Poetry Out Loud semis set for tonight

DOVER — Poetry Out Loud, the free recitation contest, will start with a semifinal competition at Modern Maturity Center in Dover today ast 7 p.m. This year’s semi-finals judges are:

• Jamie Brunson, executive director, First Person Arts, Philadelphia

• Sherry Gage Chappelle, 2016 Individual Artist Fellow: Poetry

• Russell Endo, 2011 Individual Artist Fellow: Poetry

• Maggie Rowe, 2016 Individual Artist Fellow: Poetry

• James Weiler, English/Language Arts Instructor, Woodbridge High School

Twelve finalists will move on to compete at the state finals to be held at Smyrna Opera House on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. (snow date: Tuesday, March 5). The finalists will compete for the opportunity to represent Delaware and advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC from April 29 to May 1, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

2019 Delaware State Semi-Finalists are:

Landon Hayes, Cape Henlopen High School

Jo Griffin, Concord High School

Emma Elliott, Dover High School

Chelsea Anokye-Agyei, Hodgson Vo-Tech High School

Amy Garcia Perez, Indian River High School

Tyler Keeler, Laurel High School

Sarah Stevenson, Milford High School

Nadia Sheikh, MOT Charter High School

Daniel Johnson, Mount Sophia Academy

Megan Chen, Newark Charter High School

Ashton Driver, Red Lion Christian Academy

Anne Rosenthal, Sanford School

Alex Dornenburg, Seaford High School

Charmaine Pasicolan, St. Mark’s High School

Liliana Yenovkian, Sussex Academy of the Arts & Sciences

Brandon Greenlee, Sussex Central High School

Samuel McGarvey, Tall Oaks Classical School

Catherine Enslen, Ursuline Academy

Mariela Rivero, Wilmington Christian School

James Tallman, Wilmington Friends School

The competition encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

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