- Last Updated on 07:43 AM 12/10/12
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Halifax County High School held its annual Poetry Out Loud contest Thursday afternoon in the school library.
Juniors Jessica Hinds and Sydney Little along with senior Keziah Cash won the cash prizes donated by Halifax County High School alumni David Carter.
Hinds placed first winning $50, Little came in second winning $35, and Cash placed third winning $15.
A total of 21 students vied for the chance to compete in the regional competition to be held in Lynchburg in January.
Former Virginia Poetry Laureate Kelly Cherry served as one of the judges along with SVCC composition teacher Matt Fisher, Erin Thackston and retired English teachers Mary Eanes and Becky Donner.
The students were judged on their physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of difficulty, evidence of understanding and overall performance.
The winners will be coached by English teachers Amy Montgomery and Wendy Hall before they compete in the regional contest in Lynchburg.
If they win regionals, they will have an opportunity to compete at the state finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship.
The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library.
A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the national finals.
According to Montgomery, Halifax County High School has had more people compete on the state level than any other region.