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Teachers and students, may register now for 2021 Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition

Anastasia Chevalier, Eakjot Sekhon and Lara Cassity.
Nick Higman Photography.

High school teachers and students are invited to participate in the 2021 Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition. Registration runs through Dec. 4.

The program is open to all high-school age students in Nevada public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools, and home school associations.

Douglas High senior Lara Cassity took third place in the 2020 state competition, which had to be held virtually due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Nevada Arts Council announced the opening of competition on Monday. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, this program is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the nation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

“The talent and confidence we see in students, reciting these poems and making them their own, is really remarkable,” said Nevada Arts Council Arts Learning Specialist Maryjane Dorofachuk. “These students find their own voice and learn that words matter.”

The Poetry Out Loud state champion earns $200, wins $500 for his or her school to support literary programs, and represents Nevada in the national competition.

The Nevada Arts Council, along with its community partners, supports the state and district competitions made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In 2020, more than 4,300 students participated in Nevada’s Poetry Out Loud. Last year’s state champion was Eakjot Sekhon from Robert McQueen High School in Reno.

Teachers and students can learn more about Nevada Poetry Out Loud and register to participate at https://www.nvartscouncil.org/programs/arts-learning/pol/poetry-out-loud-registration/ or by Dorofachuk at (702) 486-3738 or mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org.