Poetry Out Loud update: Sayegh, Liu compete in regionals, but winners not announced till Thursday
Published: Saturday, February 7, 2009 - 11:42pm
CHAMPAIGN — Senior Kareem Sayegh and sophomore Claire Liu will have to wait several days to find out whether they will advance to the Poetry Out Loud state finals.
Sayegh and Liu were among six students who competed this morning in the Poetry Out Loud regional contest at the Champaign Public Library.
However, two of the students recited only one poem each instead of the required two; because of a miscommunication, they were not aware of the requirement and have been allowed to give their second recitations on Thursday. The winner and runner-up are expected to be announced that day. They will compete in the state finals March 10 in Springfield.
Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The national finals will be held April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The winner will receive a $20,000 scholarship.
Besides Sayegh and Liu, the other students who competed Saturday were:
- Monica Jarboe, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School
- Samantha Porter, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School
- Jamechia Ray, READY High School, Champaign
- Trenika Washington, READY High School, Champaign
The competitors are judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, appropriateness of dramatization, level of difficulty, evidence of understanding, overall performance, and accuracy.
The two students from READY High School recited only one poem each.