Kudos: Brittany Wiltz of NCS

Talented and energetic students from 18 local high schools took center-stage Feb. 3 at in Sacramento County’s fifth annual Poetry Out Loud recitation contest.
The winner Brittany Wiltz of Natomas Charter School, in the Natomas Unified School District, will advance to the California Poetry Out Loud competition in March. Wiltz performed the poems “Who Understands Me But Me” by Jimmy Santiago Baca and “Early Affection” by George Moses Horton.
Before a live audience and a panel of judges, each student presented two memorized poems. Students were judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, appropriateness of dramatization, level of difficulty, evidence of understanding, and overall performance.
The Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition was presented by the Sacramento County Office of Education to encourage high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

California’s overall winner will receive $200 and an expenses-paid trip to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. where a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends will be awarded at the national finals in April.
Sacramento County’s Poetry Out Loud program is supported by the Sacramento County Office of Education, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts commission, the California Arts Council, California Poets in the Schools, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation. The complete list of poems from which students selected their performance pieces is available at www.poetryoutloud.org.

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