LANSING— Matthew Webb, a senior at Cass Technical High School in Detroit, competed today in the National Poetry Recitation Competition held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He participated in the Regional 2 Semifinal Round against 17 other state representatives, and was awarded Honorable Mention, receiving 4th place. With his title, he earned a $1,000 cash award and $500 award for his school to purchase new poetry books.

Nine student finalists will compete in the championship round of Poetry Out Loud, held April 30 at 7 p.m. The remainder of the competition can be watched live at

Webb was named Michigan’s State Champion in March after a day-long competition against 34 other students. He was joined in D.C. by his drama teacher, Marilyn McCormick. This is the third time since 2009 that a Cass Tech student has represented Michigan at this national competition.

Poetry Out Loud, a national high school poetry recitation program that encourages self-confidence, builds public speaking skills and teaches literary heritage, has engaged more than 70,000 students in Michigan since the Michigan Humanities and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs began hosting it in 2005.

It is open to all high schools, including home-school groups. Registration for the next program will open this fall

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