Coral Brantly of Petoskey High School. Photo credit: Dave Trumpie

Coral Brantly of Petoskey High School. Photo credit: Dave Trumpie

Coral Brantly of Petoskey High School, was named the 2015 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion after a day-long recitation competition at Dart Auditorium at Lansing Community College on March 13.

Brantly took top honors among 33 student competitors, reciting “The Maid’s Lament” by Walter Savage Landor in her final round. First runner-up was Cal Kreiner of Wellspring Preparatory High School (Grand Rapids), second runner-up was Malik Childs of Cass Technical High School, and third runner-up was Ejiro Enajero of Detroit School of Arts.

“On behalf of the Board and staff of the Michigan Humanities, I want to extend my congratulations to the 33 High School students who participated in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud Competition,” said Jan Fedewa, Interim Executive Director.  “It was an amazing and meaningful experience to observe the recitation of each student who competed for the title.  We are so proud of each one and commend them for their hard work.  We look forward to watching Coral represent Michigan at the National Competition in April.”

As the state champion, Brantly received a $200 cash award, $500 stipend for her school and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Michigan at the National Poetry Out Loud competition April 27-29, 2015. The national competition will be live-streamed at Kreiner, as runner-up, received a $100 cash award and $200 for his school. All four state finalists received plaques commemorating their achievement. The national champion will receive a $20,000 college scholarship.

Poetry Out Loud, a national high school recitation competition, encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, while also mastering public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage. The program has engaged more than 70,000 students since the Michigan Humanities and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs began hosting it in 2005.

The program is open to all high schools, including home-school groups. Registration for the next program will open this fall. If teachers or parents would like to learn more about this program, please click here or call 517-372-7770.


Poetry Out Loud School Champions

Kaitlyn Liveoak, Allen Park High School
Angela Angelucci, Austin Catholic High School, Ray Township
Sean Lynch, Boyne Falls Public School
Max Rudd, Calumet High School
Olivia Van Duyne, Carman Ainsworth High School, Flint
Malik Childs, Cass Technical HIgh School, Detroit
Vladimir Barneveld, Charlevoix High School
Sasha McCullom, Cousino High School, Warren
Alexander Wagner, Detroit Catholic Central High School
Ejiro Enajero, Detroit School of Arts
Mathieu Wiesner, East Lansing High School
Brooklyn Willett, Grand River Prep, Kentwood
Jacob Russell, Hartland High School
Kyra Neufeld, Houghton High School
Anna Stocker, Howell High School
Rhett Faruzzi, The Leelanau School
Marianne Nezich, Marquette Senior High School
Montia Thompson, Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. High School, Detroit
Brianne Linkfield, Meadow Montessori School, Monroe
Marnie Schwiderson, Oakland Christian School, Pontiac
Dhriti Deb, Okemos High School
Raven Millard, Pentwater Public School
Coral Brantly, Petoskey High School
Sarah Payne, Portage Central High School, Kalamazoo
Graciela Figueroa, Portage Northern High School, Kalamazoo
Arrianna Lister, Roosevelt High School, Wyandotte
Allison Young, Royal Oak High School
Hallie Fox, Saline High School
Shannon Wright, Shrine Catholic High School, Royal Oak
Anya Welborn, Troy High School
Cal Kreiner, Wellspring Preparatory High School, Grand Rapids
Rishabh Parekh, West Bloomfield High School
Samantha Reagan, Williamston High School

About the Michigan Humanities

The Michigan Humanities connects people and communities by fostering and creating quality cultural programs.
In carrying out its mission, the Council encourages and supports, through advocacy, fundraising and community engagement, a variety of activities which bring humanities scholars and the public together to examine culture. Moving forward, the Council will:

*   award grants for public humanities and cultural programs;
*   conduct public humanities and cultural projects of statewide importance;
*   initiate collaborations and partnerships to broaden and strengthen the organizational and institutional base for the humanities in Michigan; and
*   provide the humanities with leadership and a public voice in Michigan.
The Michigan Humanities will be known as a unifying force throughout Michigan, whose programs help people connect with one another and the places where they live, by fostering a greater understanding and engagement in the cultures, histories, and values which tell us who we were, are, and hope to be.


Michigan Poetry Out Loud Sponsors:

National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Poetry Foundation
Michigan Humanities
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Library of Michigan
Michigan Youth Arts
Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Center for Poetry at Mi