Poetry Aloud Contest Results

Columbia, CA – This year’s Tuolumne County Poetry Aloud Contest was recently held at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia. Nine students participated who were selected from three high schools in the county. Each participant recited from memory two poems chosen from the Poetry Out Loud website, including one written before 1900 and one less than 25 verses.

Participants were Alissa DeAnda, Valerie Harris and Lindsey Holland from Summerville, Carmela David, Hannah Husher, Om Patel and Sarai Saucedo from Sonora, and Dana Brandau and Isabelle Cook from Tioga. Five students – DeAnda, David, Harris, Holland and Husher, were selected for the final round, during which each recited a third poem.

Alissa DeAnda is the official county winner and Lindsey Holland is the runner-up. DeAnda’s next step is to submit a video recitation in the state competition where she will represent Tuolumne County. This year’s domestic and national competitions will be held virtually. De-Anda recited “Diameter” by Michelle Y. Burke, “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, and “Cartoon Physics, Part 1” by Nick Flynn. The winner of the state competition will move on to nationals.

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry competition run by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the California Arts Council and the Tuolumne County Arts Association.

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