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Poetry Out Loud finals in Tacoma this weekend include finalists from Stadium High and Annie Wright

Every year, over 350,000 high school students around the country compete in reading poetry out loud, exploring its depths and learning rhetorical techniques for public speaking in a program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts. This year the Poetry Out Loud finals are here in Tacoma at Theatre on the Square this Saturday night.

Among the 13 regional winners competing are two local students: Anup Chamrajnagar from Stadium High School and Garnet Burk from Annie Wright.

The event will include a brief appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and Sam Green, the inaugural poet laureate.


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Tacoma High School student wins Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Will Hamel of Stadium High School in Tacoma has won the state Poetry Out Loud finals, held on March 5 at the Broadway Center for Performing Arts. Hamel won the annual poetry recitation competition with his recitations of “Shiloh: A Requiem (April, 1862)” by Herman Melville, “A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg, and “Without Regret” by Eleanor Wilner.

As the winner of the state finals Hamel won a $200 prize, plus $500 for his school to purchase poetry books. He will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C. on April 27-29.

Said Hamel, of his

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Local teens compete in the state Poetry Out Loud finals this weekend in Olympia

Next month is National Poetry Month, and that means it’s time again for the annual Poetry Out Loud state finals. The POL competition pits teenagers against each other in dramatic readings of poetry, and the state winner gets $200 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals in April. This year two local teens have made it through: Mariah Boring of Wilson High School and Madison Hamel of Puyallup High School. 

Tacoma has seen state champions before, including Stadium High’s Olivia Seward, who made it to the nationals in 2008. Last year the state

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