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Three local students vie for Poetry Out Loud state title

Three Southern Oregon students are among nine who will advance to the state Poetry Out Loud title competition Saturday, March 11, in Salem.

Delaney Murray of South Medford High School, Hannah VanHolle of Logos Public Charter School and Megan Kim of Cascade Christian High School were selected from the regional competition held in Medford.

The state competition will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St., SE.

The winner will advance to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for the last week in April in Washington, D.C.

Three regional competitions — the other two held in Portland and Salem — hosted 31 schools total, according to an Oregon Arts Commission release.

The state Poetry Out Loud competition is organized by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and perform poems, practicing public presentation skills while exploring the complexity of poetry.

The three top finishers Portland are Hannah Bachman, St. Mary's Academy; Sheila Panyam, Lincoln High School; and Ramie Warner, Sandy High School.

Finalists selected in Salem are Joshua Williams, St. Stephens Academy, Salem; Max Rudd, Sprague High School, Salem; and Philip Chan, West Linn High School.

From left, Delaney Murray, South Medford, Hannah VanHolle, Logos Public Charter School, and Megan Kim, Cascade Christian, will advance to the state finals in the Poetry Out Loud competition. [Oregon Arts Commission photo]