Rose Horowitz is the 2015 Maine State Champion
The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce Rose Horowitz of Mt. Ararat High School as the 2015 State Poetry Out Loud Champion. Rose was among a field of nearly 10,000 students from across the state. The title was decided at the State Final held at the Waterville Opera House on March 11. The first runner‐up was Ella Werner from Yarmouth High School in Yarmouth, Maine.
Horowitz impressed a top panel of judges to become the 2015 State Champion reciting three poems during the competition: “Lovers’ Infiniteness” by John Donne, “Discrimination” by Kenneth Rexroth, and “Entirely” by Louis MacNeice. She surprised herself—she couldn’t even believe that she made it to the finals. But she was a natural on stage. "Like my actual character is very shy and scared and I have a hard time talking," she says. "I actually do Poetry Out Loud because I can be someone else and can be confident."
As the Maine State Champion, Horowitz will represent Maine at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals on April 28 and 29 in Washington, D.C. where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will compete for the national title and a total of $50,000 in awards, including a grand prize of $20,000, and school stipends for the purchase of poetry. All prizes, as well as all materials for running this popular program in high schools across the nation, come from the National Endowment for the Arts and their partner in Poetry Out Loud, the Poetry Foundation. Horowitz received an award of $200 and an all‐expenses paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. Horowitz’s school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. First runner‐up Ella Werner received $100, with $200 for her school library.
Supporters can cheer on Rose through a live, one‐time only webcast of the National Finals on April 28‐29, 2015 at www.arts.gov.
More About the 2015 State Finals
In addition to Horowitz and Werner, the Maine Arts Commission thanks all of the student reciters who made the 2015 competition an amazing event:Mohammad Hashmi, State Finalist – Bangor High SchoolJosef Biberstein, Regional Champion – Freeport High SchoolMariah Lang, State Finalist – Gardiner Area High SchoolEmma Curnin, Regional Champion – Kents Hill High SchoolCharlotte Eisenberg, Regional Champion –North Yarmouth AcademyEmma Weissenfels, State Finalist –Oak Hill High SchoolOwen Sinclair, Regional Champion –Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolIsabella Labbe, Regional Champion – Waterville Senior High School
Back row, l to r: Owen Sinclair, Isabella Labbe, Ella Werner, Mohammad Hashmi, Josef Biberstein, Emma Curnin, Rose Horowitz, Charlotte Eisenberg.Kneeling, l to r: Mariah Lang, Emma Weissenfels
Thank you to Jennifer Rooks, Public Affairs Host and Producer at Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), who served as the event’s emcee. Please click here for a report and audio clip from MPBN radio’s Morning Edition program, which provides the Round III recitations by Mohammed, Mariah, Rose, Emma (Weissenfels) and Ella.
About Poetry Out Loud
Recitation and performance are major new trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music among our youth. Poetry Out Loud builds on this momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have formed a partnership with state arts agencies to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Registration is open to all public, private, parochial and home school high schools in Maine.
The competition itself is organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. It begins in Maine’s schools where school champions are selected to compete in two regional finals at which ten students are ultimately selected to appear at the state final. One student moves on from the state final to represent Maine at the national finals in Washington D.C., where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.
Key Dates for the 2014/15 Poetry Out Loud CompetitionMarch 11, 2015 Maine State Finals (3 p.m.) (Waterville Opera House) Snow Date: March 12, 2015
April 28-29, 2015 Poetry Out Loud National Finals (Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C.)
Maine High Schools participating in Poetry Out Loud 2015
|Arthur R. Gould School||Lewiston High School|
|Bangor High School||Lisbon High School|
|Boothbay Region High School||Maine Central Institute|
|Bucksport High School||Medomak Valley High School|
|Calais High School||Merriconeag Waldorf School|
|Camden Hills Regional High School||Messalonskee High School|
|Cape Elizabeth High School||Morse High School|
|Carrabec High School||Mt. Ararat High School|
|Casco Bay High School||North Yarmouth Academy|
|Catherine McAuley High School||Oak Hill High School|
|Deering High School||Portland High School|
|Erskine Academy||Presque Isle High School|
|Foxcroft Academy||Rangeley Lakes Regional School|
|Freeport High School||Richmond High School|
|Gardiner Area High School||Searsport District High School|
|Gorham High School||South Portland High School|
|Greely High School||St. Dominic Academy|
|Hall-Dale High School||Traip Academy|
|Hampden Academy||Waterville High School|
|Hyde School||Waynflete School|
|Kennebunk High School||Westbrook High School|
|Kents Hill School||Yarmouth High School|
For more information about Poetry Out Loud, please contact Argy Nestor, director of arts education at the Maine Arts Commission, at 207/287-2713 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.