Lillian Hawkins, a student at New Hanover High School, won the state Poetry Out Loud competition held in Greensboro over the weekend. For the second time ever, New Hanover County has the NC Poetry Out Loud champion.
Mackenzie Moseley of Ashley High School and Lillian competed against dozens of other students across the state in the NC Poetry Out Loud semifinals. Lillian will go on to compete at Nationals in Washington DC in
April. Best wishes to Mackenzie for making it to the state level as well.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner's school (New Hanover HS) receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals. The Poetry Foundation provides and administers all aspects of the monetary prizes awarded and travel arrangements for Poetry Out Loud.
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.