I had the privilege, honor, and joy of coaching Jeana to help her prepare her recitations for her winning performances. Jim
From a competitive field of 26 students across the state, Jeana Lovett from Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, CO received the title of 2015 Poetry Out Loud Colorado State Champion at the state finals held in Lakewood, CO on March 3, 2015.
Lovett’s final of three recitations was “La Figlia Che Piange” by T.S. Eliot, for which a panel of judges awarded her the top Colorado Poetry Out Loud prize. “La Figlia Che Piange,” meaning “young girl weeping,” is the final poem in T.S. Eliot’s 1917 work Prufrock and Other Observations. Eight guest judges evaluated student performances on criteria including physical presence, evidence of understanding, level of complexity and accuracy.
Lovett received an award of $200 and an all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. Her school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. First runner-up TaShaiya Henderson of Thornton High School received $100, with $200 for her school library.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Over 365,000 students from more than 2,300 high schools took part in last year’s Poetry Out Loud program.