Gabby Thompson, from Boyd County High School, will travel to Washington, D.C., in April to represent Kentucky in the National Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation contest as the winner of the state competition.
Thompson, a sophomore, was one of 17 high school champions from across Kentucky who competed for the Poetry Out Loud state title. The program, administered by the Kentucky Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
As winner of the state finals, Thompson will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip, with her chaperone, to Washington, D.C., to compete with other state champions in the national finals, April 28-30. Boyd County High School will also receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books for its library. The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest will award $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes to winners and top finalists.
Cheyenne Carter, a junior from Western Hills High School in Frankfort, was the second-place winner. She will receive a $100 cash prize and $200 for her school to purchase library books.
The Poetry Out Loud state finals are presented by the Kentucky Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, as part of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
Watch videos of all five state finalists:
Gabby Thompson, Boyd County High School
2nd Place Winner
Cheyenne Carter, Western Hills High School
Celeste Shearer, Hart County High School
Haley Sullivan, East Ridge High School
Miranda Webb, Pikeville High School