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And the winner is…

Trimble County's Muir places second
in statewide poetry recital competition

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Dean Muir from Trimble County High School was the state runner-up March 30 among 18 competitors at the Commonwealth at the Kentucky State Finals Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation contest sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council at Kentucky State University. He placed behind winner Kendra Holloway of Christian County High School in Hopkinsville after having been one of two finalists at the school level in Bedford.

Poetry Out Loud Winners

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From left, Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows poses with runner-up Dean Muir and winner Kendra Holloway and National Endowment for the Arts National Initiatives Program Manager Dan Stone.

The Kentucky Poetry Out Loud initiative is part of the national competition presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Muir read a lively recitation of “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman and “Ma Rainey” by Sterling A. Brown. He won a cash prize of $100 and $200 for the purchase of poetry for his school library. Price Dunlap was Trimble County's other competitor.
Holloway’s passionate and well-studied recitations of  “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall and “To the Ladies” by Lady Mary Chudleigh won her an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals on May 17 at the Lincoln Theatre, a $200 cash prize, a trip for her chaperone and $500 to her school library for the purchase of poetry. The national winner will receive $20,000 of the $50,000 in scholarship funds being awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.
Holloway and Muir were invited back to Frankfort to recite their poems and be honored at the Kentucky Writers’ Day Celebration presented by the Kentucky Arts Council on April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda. Kentucky Writers’ Day promotes the literary arts in Kentucky and is celebrated on the birth date of native son, author, poet and first U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Penn Warren.
Judges for the Kentucky State Finals of the National Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest were Kentucky Poet Laureate Sena Jeter Naslund; Ken Jones, playwright and Chair of the Northern Kentucky, University Department of Theatre and Frank X. Walker, Eastern Kentucky University, Department of English and Theatre faculty, author and Affrilachian poet.
Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Other participating schools were Danville High School, Danville; Deming High School, Mount Olivet; Doss High School, Louisville; George Rogers Clark High School, Winchester; Greenup County High School, Greenup; Madison Central High School, Richmond; Mercer County High School, Harrodsburg; and Simon Kenton High School, Independence.
 
• For more information about Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org. For more information about the Kentucky Arts Council, visit  www.artscouncil.ky.gov.

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