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Students from Camas and Cedar Tree Classical Christian School advance to state Poetry Out Loud contest

Alaya Mays and Isaac Lu were top two finishers of the Southwest Washington Regional contest

VANCOUVER — Alaya Mays of Camas High School and Isaac Lu of Cedar Tree Classical Christian School were the top two finishers of the Southwest Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud contest.

Alaya Mays (left) and Isaac Lu (right) were the top two finishers of the Southwest Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud contest. Photo courtesy of ESD 112
Alaya Mays (left) and Isaac Lu (right) were the top two finishers of the Southwest Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud contest. Photo courtesy of ESD 112

Students from nine schools read two poems each in the event held at Educational Service District 112 on January 30. They will advance to the state-wide competition which will be held in Tacoma on Sat., March 10.

The Washington State winner will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the national contest in May, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

The Southwest Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud competition can be viewed on Comcast Cable channel 28/328 on Sun., Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. DVDs of this event can be purchased by contacting Karl Parker at [email protected]

The regional competition, presented by ESD 112 in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Since beginning in 2005, more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 high schools across the country have participated.

Information provided by ESD 112.

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