FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2019
Julianne Gadoury, N.H. State Council on the Arts
NH’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud Champion named
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announces that Rachel Budd from Bow High School is the winner of New Hampshire’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud High School Championship, which took place at the State House’s Representatives Hall on March 15. Alana Ervin from Oyster River High School was selected as alternate champion.
As state champion, Budd receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. Her high school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Ervin will receive $100, with $200 for her school library.
Should Budd be unable to attend, Ervin will represent New Hampshire at the event.
Organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and led in New Hampshire by the N.H. State Council on the Arts, Poetry Out Loud has become a high-profile annual event at high schools across New Hampshire, with up to 10,000 students from 45 high schools and high school groups participating each year. There is no cost to compete and all materials are provided to enrolled schools free of charge.
Participants consistently report that learning and reciting poetry is an experience that changes lives.
New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud supporters include the Putnam Foundation – a donor-advised fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation – and the New Hampshire Learning Initiative. Other partners include the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, Granite State Ambassadors, the Frost Place, Slam Free or Die, the New Hampshire Writers Project and New Hampshire Public Radio.
To learn more about 2019 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud, view a map of participating schools and find out how your school can be involved, visit nh.gov/nharts and click on the Poetry Out Loud button. For additional information, contact Julianne Gadoury, N.H. State Council on the Arts at 603-271-0791, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at nh.gov/nharts.