Delaware Division of The Arts Poetry Out Loud Competition

After three years, Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud State Finals returns for its first in-person competition since 2020. The recitation contest will be hosted at the Smyrna Opera House on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 7:00pm. Twelve student finalists will compete for the opportunity to represent Delaware and move forward to the National Finals in Washington, DC from May 8-10, 2023. This event is FREE to the public and seating is limited.

Here are the 2023 Delaware State finalists:

Bekah Booth – Delaware Valley Classical School

Maiss Hussein – Hodgson Vo-Tech High School

Emily Roth – MOT High School

Aiden Morris – Mount Sophia Academy

Lale Ergen – Newark Charter High School

Julia Nowaczyk – Padua Academy

Hunter Brown – Red Lion Christian Academy

Abigail Ehemann – Saint Mark’s High School

Kaylee Rathbone – Sanford School

Joelle Caternor – Smyrna High School

Morgan Burnett – Sussex Central High School

Ololade Olubowale – Tatnall School

Poetry Out Loud, in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, is a national arts education program that encourages and motivates the study of poetry by offering free educational materials and a competition for high school students across the country. 

The Delaware state champion will receive $200 and move on to the national finals next spring, where $50,000 in awards and school/organizational stipends will be distributed to the winners. 

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