Students Compete With 'Poetry Out Loud'

Feb 25, 2014

Area high school students who competed in the 2014 Central Illinois 'Poetry Out Loud' Regional Contest
Credit Rachel Otwell/WUIS
Most teenagers spend more time on the internet chatting with friends than reading books - let alone poetry. However, the art form has seen a recent resurgence, and in some circles is even considered "hip." In Springfield, 14 area high school students recently competed in the regional version of the Poetry Out Loud contest to recite a wide variety of poems from memory. Meet the winner, Annie Kefalas, and runner-up, Annabelle Emuze, who will compete in the state competition next month: 

 Click here for more information about the state Poetry Out Loud competition on March 14th at the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield.

Runner-up, Annabelle Emuze from Southeast HS in Springfield & Winner, Annie Kefalas from St. Teresa HS in Decatur

Here's the complete round one of the regional competition:

And the complete round two: