Daeja Lowe, Winner of State POL Finals
Daeja Lowe, a student at Altoona High School, won 2020's Poetry Out Loud state competition ($200 award) held on Saturday, March 7, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest for high school students. It's sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Wisconsin Arts Board coordinates the competition in Wisconsin. For the second year in a row, Ms. Lowe won the state competition and qualified for the national competition. The 2020 national event was to be held in Washington D.C. on April 27th-29th. That competition, however, is canceled due to COVID-19.
High school students interested in competing for next year can get an idea of what it's like by visiting this Poetry Out Loud page: https://www.poetryoutloud.org/competing/what-its-like-to-compete/.
Ms. Lowe placed first in the 2019 National Poetry Out Loud section called Poetry Ourselves (poetry written by the contestant). You can see and hear her recite her poem, "The Circle of Motherhood," here.
Lauren Broman, a Wrightstown junior, was named Wisconsin's first runner-up in the 2020 contest. She was awarded $100.