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Poetry Out Loud 2024: Winners Announced!

Poetry Out Loud 2024: Winners Announced!

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Big Lake High School hosted its annual Poetry Out Loud competition. At the event’s conclusion, judges named the top three finishers who will be advancing to the regional competition: 

  • 1st place: Linda Stokes
  • 2nd place: Gillian Harrington
  • 3rd place: Kyla Gosewisch

Shiloh Elliott (ninth grade), Brynn Scheer (10th grade), Alayna Boe (11th grade), & Natalie Conklin (12th grade) were recognized as honorable mentions. 


In total, 40 brave students in grades nine through12 participated in the school-level contest, where they recited a self-chosen poetry selection in front of a panel of school judges. 


Poetry Out Loud is a national arts program that encourages students to explore and develop an appreciation of the study of poetry, all while building public speaking skills and self confidence. 


This activity was made possible by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.


Great job to all participants! It was a great morning of poetry!