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National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation present: Poetry Out Loud - National Recitation Contest

Minnesota 2019 Poetry Out Loud Champion

Isabella Callery

Isabella Callery

Isabella Callery, a senior at Arcadia Charter School in Northfield, won the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Championship. She is the first Minnesotan to earn this national title. Along with the recognition, Isabella wins a $20,000 prize.

In the national finals held on April 30 – May 1, 2019, in Washington, DC, Isabella competed against state champions from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U. S. Virgin Islands. Those 53 young people were selected out of a field of 275,000 students nationwide, from 2,300 schools, who participated in the Poetry Out Loud program.

To learn more about Isabella, and watch her performance, visit the National Endowment for the Arts' Arts Works blog.


Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. It helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 55,000 teachers from 14,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Funding for the Poetry Out Loud program in Minnesota is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

High school teachers who want to learn how to get involved in next year's program can learn more at Poetry Out Loud.






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