Six South Carolina high school students reached the state finals for Poetry Out Loud – an annual, nationwide recitation contest – after regional competitions in Charleston and Spartanburg this past weekend.
- Regional competitions yield six finalists
- State finals to be held March 10 in Columbia
- Winner advances to national competition in Washington, D.C
The S.C. Arts Commission (SCAC) coordinates Poetry Out Loud in South Carolina, partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to bring the competition to state high schools for 12 years running. In 2017, around 7,500 students from 35 schools in 14 counties participated. School competition winners compete against students in their district to move on to compete in the state finals.
The following six state regional winners, three from each of two regions, will compete Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Richland Library Main Branch in Columbia for the opportunity to be the South Carolina representative in the national finals April 23-25, 2018 in Washington, D.C.:
- Grant Butler (Aiken High School in Aiken)
- Janae Claxton (First Baptist Church High School in Charleston)
- Keegan Dustin (Charleston County School of the Arts in Charleston)
- Sha’Kaila Stewart (Whale Branch Early College High School in Seabrook)
- Alexia Story (Buford High School in Lancaster)
- Taylor Elisse Wade (Andrew Jackson High School in Lancaster)
State winners receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the national finals, and the state winner’s school will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. Each state’s first runner-up, and that student’s school, receives a cash prize as well. The national winner receives a $20,000 cash prize.