The Tulare County Office of Education and the Arts Consortium are proud present the Tulare County Poetry Out Loud competition.
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council, Poetry Out Loud inspires high school students to discover and appreciate poetry through a combination of memorization, performance, and competition.
This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and improve English fluency and comprehension. The Poetry Out Loud program begins with classroom and school-wide competitions, with winners advancing to county, state, and national levels.
Poetry Out Loud (POL), founded in 2006, is an extraordinary opportunity for all high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Each year, 365,000 students across the nation, with over 50,000 students in California alone—participate in Poetry Out Loud. POL focuses on poetry as an oral art form, like slam poetry and rap music. Through poetry, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and internalize our rich literary heritage.
The national Poetry Out Loud competition is open to all high school students (public, private, parochial, independent, continuation, court, charter and home schools). Students don’t enter the POL competition directly, but through their high schools. A school POL liaison may be a teacher, a librarian or school staff member.
Congratulations to Tulare County's inaugural Poetry Out Loud winners!
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3rd Place - Lupita Lopez - Mission Oak High School, Tulare CA - 12th Grade
1st Place - Laura Lara - Mission Oak High School, Tulare CA - 12th Grade
2nd Place - Kaleigh Lawrence - Dinuba High School, Dinuba CA - 12th Grade
Photo taken at the Tulare County POL Finals - February 3, 2016