Levi Brown Places in Poetry Out Loud State Finals
The North Dakota Council on the Arts is pleased to announce that the first place winner of the North Dakota State Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is Stephen Gasser of Minot High School, Magic City Campus in Minot, ND. The second place winner is Matthew Donahue of Shanley High School in Fargo, ND. Third place was awarded to Levi Brown of Cavalier Public School in Cavalier, ND. The state finals competition took place on Monday, March 19, at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck, ND. Stephen Gasser will advance to the National Finals in Washington, DC on May 13-15, 2012, where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, will be awarded.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the mastery of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic competition to high schools across the country.
At the state competition, all the contestants recited works they selected from an anthology of more than 400 classic and contemporary poems. Levi recited “The River of Bees” by W.S. Merwin, “All This and More” by Mary Karr, and “Early Affection” by George Moses Horton.
The North Dakota state competition judges included: Janelle Masters, Dean of
Academic Affairs, Bismarck State College; Nita K. Ritzke, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Humanities, University of Mary; Bill Thomas, Director of Radio, Prairie Public; and the accuracy judge was Jan Webb, Executive Director, North Dakota Council on the Arts. Debra Marquart, author/songwriter and Professor of English at Iowa State University was the event Emcee. Debra entertained the audience with a selection of her poems and songs. Live entertainment during the semi-finals was provided by Trio Apollo of Bismarck.