LEWISTON — Sarah Schlax, a junior at Lewiston High School, won the schoolwide Poetry Out Loud competition held in the multi-purpose room of the high school on Friday, Jan. 14.

She competed against the other three finalists from the individual classroom contests held in the weeks leading up to the event. The other finalists were Katy Albert, grade 9; Ashley Hill, grade 9; and Jared Lussier, grade 11. Judges were Beth Bradley, Heather Akeley, Pam Perry, Tami Sasseville, Amanda Guy and Karen Choate.

Sarah’s winning perfomance was composed of two recitations: “The Arrow and the Song,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and “A Dream within a Dream,” by Edgar Allan Poe. Sarah will go on to the regional competition at the City Theater in Biddeford on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies of the United States to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Further information is available at poetryoutloud.org

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