Area students compete in Poetry Out Loud

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BRATTLEBORO — Students from Vermont Academy, Twin Valley Middle High School, and Brattleboro Union High School will travel to the Barre Opera House today, March 8, to compete in the 2018 Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Competition. They will join students from 34 Vermont high schools representing 11 counties to vie for the State Championship in the national poetry recitation competition.

Each winner at the school level will recite at the semifinals in Barre. From there, ten students will be selected to compete in the finals on March 15 at the Elley-Long Music Center in Colchester. The finals will be aired live on Vermont PBS' web site and then broadcast on Vermont PBS on March 29 at 7 p.m. The winner of the Vermont State Competition then goes to the National Finals in Washington, D.C., where he or she will compete against champions from every state in the country. The state winner will compete in the National Competition in April.

These students are already champions, having won their high school's competition and thus a spot in the State Competition. The students are Caitlyn McDermott, Vermont Academy; William Florence, Twin Valley Middle High School; Zen Muhammed, Brattleboro Union High School.

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