2017 Poetry Out Loud Maine Regional Finals
The Maine Regional Finals are held in two locations during the month of February. After three rounds of recitation, five finalists will be selected from each regional competition to move on to the Maine Poetry Out Loud State Finals. This year the regional finals will be held at the following venues:
The Northern Maine Regional Finals will be held on February 13, 2017 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center, Hampden. The snow date is February 14, 2017. Hampden Academy, Regional School Unit #22, is an in-kind sponsor of this event.
The Southern Maine Regional Finals will be held on February 28, 2017 at Garland Auditorium, Thornton Academy, Saco. The snow date is March 2, 2017.Schedule for the Regional Competitions The events are free (no tickets required) and begin at 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The Maine Arts Commission anticipates that the Regional Finals will conclude by approximately 5:30 p.m.
Both the school-wide winner and the runner-up must register to participate in the Poetry Out Loud (POL) regional competition. In the event that the school-wide winner is unable to participate in the competition, the runner-up will represent the school. Please complete the online Student Registration Form by Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Prior to completing the form please read the following:
- Make sure to list the poems in the order in which you will recite them.
- Provide the exact spelling of the poems and their authors as they appear in the national POL anthology at www.poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/find-poems.
- Take time to complete the biography section, telling us about yourself as well as your interests and work in the arts. This information is used to introduce you at the regional competitions.
- Please check which region your school has been assigned to below. Your school's regional assignment is required on the form.
The school-wide winner and runner-up must also complete the Parent/Guardian Release Form, which requires a signature, and return it by January 17, 2017 via email or fax to the contact provided on the form.Parent/Guardian Release Form.docxParent/Guardian Release Form.pdf
Poem CriteriaAt the regional, state and national finals, students must have three poems prepared to recite. One poem must be 25 lines or fewer and one must be written before the 20th century. The same poem may be used to meet both criteria and may be the student’s third poem. All poems must be selected from the national POL anthology. Additionally, all poems in the Poetry Out Loud print anthology, which has not been updated for a few years, are also eligible for competition regardless of whether or not they are included in the online anthology. Neither the Maine Arts Commission nor the Poetry Out Loud national office has hard copies of the print anthology available for distribution.
The regional competitions will have three rounds of recitation. The order of recitation for each round will be alphabetical by school name. After two rounds of recitation, half of the student participants will be selected to continue to the third round based on the cumulative scores of the first two poems. After the third and final round, a cumulative score of all three poems will be used to determine five student finalists from each region who will advance to the state finals.
Rankings will be based solely on the evaluation sheets submitted by the judges. In the event of a tie, the tied student with the highest overall performance score will win; if that also results in a tie, the highest accuracy score will be considered the tiebreaker.
Students may choose the order of their poems, as stated above, however once the Student Registration Form has been submitted, changes in the poems or their order are not permitted for either the regional or final competition.
Four judges, including one accuracy judge, will be present at the regional and state finals. Additionally, a prompter (seated in the front row) will have a notebook with each poem and the students can look to the prompter if they forget a word or line.
The Scoring Rubric, Accuracy Score Sheet, Contest Evaluation Sheet, and Evaluation Criteria and Tips are available under Contest Resources at www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/organizing-a-contest.
Other helpful resources available on the national POL website include Tips on Reciting (including Learning Recitation Videos), Listen to Poetry (an Audio Guide), and Recitations from the 2014 National Finals.
To ensure that there is an equal number of participating students at both locations, it is necessary to require some schools to travel to a venue that may be considered outside of their region. We hope that this will not create any undue hardships. (This list will be updated by January 20, 2017.)Northern Regional Finals on February 13 (snow date of February 14): Southern Regional Finals on February 28 (snow date of March 2):