Buzz-worthy Kids: Natomas Charter Student is Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud Runner Up


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Natomas Charter School student Mac Stern is runner-up in 2022 Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition, it was announced Tuesday.

Stern placed behind top winner Samantha Albiani, a student at Elk Grove High School, during the Sacramento County finals held virtually this year.

Participants in the county competition recorded videos of their presentations, which were scored by a panel of judges. The winners were announced during a celebration held by video conference on Feb. 8.

2022 Poetry Out Loud participants also included Inderkum High School student Joy Kaler and Grant High School student Ashley Hurtado Hernandez.

The Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium is scheduled to broadcast the student performances and the awards announcement and celebration event on Comcast Channel 15/Consolidated 21/U-Verse 14 on Feb. 19 at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 20 at 9 a.m., Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. and Feb. 27 at 9 a.m.

Albiani will advance and represent Sacramento County in this year’s virtual state finals on March 11–16.

The Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition is meant to encourage high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Launched nationwide in 2006, Poetry Out Loud is modeled after the National Spelling Bee. Student start by competing in their local schools. Winners then progress to regional and state competitions, with state winners competing at the national level.

Sacramento County’s Poetry Out Loud program is supported by the Sacramento County Office of Education, California Poets in the Schools and the Poetry Foundation. The activity is funded by the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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