Senior Literary student, Erin Erter, recently participated in the Regional Poetry Out Loud event at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi, capturing top-three.

Poetry Out Loud is a free program created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation for students in grades 9 – 12. Since 2005, it has helped students in all fifty states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia, master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and improve their reading comprehension scores while learning about their literary heritage.

Through the Poetry Out Loud curriculum, teachers guide students to a deeper, richer understanding of the power of language and literature by helping them develop a personal relationship with great poems. An added benefit is that Poetry Out Loud offers all students the opportunity to compete for awards, prizes, and recognition.

Erin became the first-place winner during MSA’s contest in December. She then advanced to the Regional level. After receiving top-three, Erin advances to the state level in March 2024. The state recitation contest will be held at Mississippi Public Broadcasting studios in Jackson, MS.

More information about Poetry Out Loud can be found here.

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