Even though we were unable to host an in-person 2020 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Finals, we asked this year’s POL school champions to submit their recitations through video so they could share their hard work with the community. Students had the opportunity to record their recitations and submit them to our POL State Finals judges for scoring and feedback.

In alphabetical order, here are the four, top-scoring student recitations for the 2020 Poetry Out Loud program.

Elizabeth Ajaero

University High School Academy, Southfield
Teacher: Torrie Maas

Recitation: “Confessions,” by Robert Browning

2020 Michigan Poetry Out Loud: Elizabeth Ajaero #MIhumanitiesathome

One adaptation to this year's Michigan Poetry Out Loud program was a video recitation contest. Many of this year's 36 school champions recorded and shared their three memorized poems, and the original panel of State Finals judges provided feedback. In the month ahead, we'll share videos from four students whose recitations received the highest scores. This week, we're highlighting the powerful recitation skills of Elizabeth Ajaero. Elizabeth is concluding her senior year at University High School Academy of Southfield Public Schools, and her POL lead teacher is Torrie Maas. Here, Elizabeth recites "Confessions," by Robert Browning.Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing your recitation with us, and congratulations on this achievement! Curious about POL? Find additional details on the Michigan Humanities website (https://www.michiganhumanities.org/poetry-out-loud/) and watch for more student videos this summer. #MIhumanitiesathome

Posted by Michigan Poetry Out Loud on Friday, June 19, 2020

 

Adeline Frazier

Houghton High School, Houghton
Teacher: Julie Antilla

Recitation: “Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,” by William Shakespeare

2020 Michigan Poetry Out Loud: Adeline Frazier #MIhumanitiesathome

This afternoon, we're highlighting Poetry Out Loud school champion Adeline Frazier's recitation of "Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes," by William Shakespeare. Adeline was one of four top-scoring students in the video recitation contest and just completed 9th grade at Houghton High School. Julie Antilla is Adeline's POL lead teacher.Thank you, Adeline, for sharing your recitation with us, and congratulations on your POL achievement!Curious about Michigan Poetry Out Loud? Find additional details on our website (https://www.michiganhumanities.org/poetry-out-loud/). #MIhumanitiesathome

Posted by Michigan Poetry Out Loud on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

 

Soja Kureekkattil

Rochester High School, Rochester Hills
Teacher: Ashley Painter

Recitation: “Beautiful Wreckage,” by W. D. Ehrhart (Poem source: W. D. Ehrhart, “Beautiful Wreckage” from Beautiful Wreckage: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1999 by W. D. Ehrhart. Reprinted by permission of Adastra Press.)

2020 Michigan Poetry Out Loud: Soja Kureekkattil #MIhumanitiesathome

This evening, we're highlighting Poetry Out Loud school champion Soja Kureekkattil's recitation of "Beautiful Wreckage," by W. D. Ehrhart. Soja was one of four top-scoring students in the video recitation contest, third-place winner in the essay contest, and just completed 11th grade at Rochester High School Falcons. Ashley Painter is Soja's POL lead teacher.Thank you, Soja, for sharing your recitation with us, and congratulations on your POL achievements!Curious about Michigan Humanities and Poetry Out Loud? Find additional details on our website (https://www.michiganhumanities.org/poetry-out-loud/) and watch for more student videos this summer. #MIhumanitiesathomePoem source: W. D. Ehrhart, "Beautiful Wreckage" from Beautiful Wreckage: New and Selected Poems. Copyright © 1999 by W. D. Ehrhart. Reprinted by permission of Adastra Press.

Posted by Michigan Poetry Out Loud on Friday, July 3, 2020

 

Lizzy Shetler

Traverse Bay Area Career-Tech Center, Traverse City
Teacher: Teresa Scollon

Recitation: “Eve Revisted,” by Alison Hawthorne Deming (Poem source: Alison Deming, “Eve Revisited” from Science and Other Poems. Copyright © 1994 by Alison Deming, Louisiana State University Press.)

2020 Michigan Poetry Out Loud: Lizzy Shetler #MIhumanitiesathome

Today, we're highlighting Poetry Out Loud school champion Lizzy Shetler's moving recitation of "Eve Revisted," by Alison Hawthorne Deming. Lizzy was one of four top-scoring students in the video recitation contest and just completed 11th grade at Traverse Bay Area Career-Tech Center. Teresa Scollon is Lizzy's POL lead teacher.Thank you, Lizzy, for sharing your recitation with us, and congratulations on this achievement!Curious about POL? Find additional details on the Michigan Humanities website (https://www.michiganhumanities.org/poetry-out-loud/) and watch for more student videos this summer. #MIhumanitiesathomePoem source: Alison Deming, “Eve Revisited” from Science and Other Poems. Copyright © 1994 by Alison Deming, Louisiana State University Press.

Posted by Michigan Poetry Out Loud on Saturday, June 27, 2020

 

Interested in learning more about the Poetry Out Loud program in Michigan? Visit our Poetry Out Loud webpage, or contact Katie Wittenauer, MH Director of Programs, via email. Registration for the 2020-21 school year will open in August, 2020.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of Michigan Humanities (MH), Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Additional support is generously provided by Meijer and the Liesel Litzenburger Meijer Fund.

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