After preparing since the beginning of the fall school term, 23 high school students came to Salem on March 12–13 for the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a poetry memorization and recitation program intended not only to advance students’ appreciation of poetry but also to hone their public speaking skills. It’s a project of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation and Oregon Arts Commission. Each of the teenagers who came to Salem had won her ...

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