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Brynn Tran, a 16-year-old junior at Lake Oswego’s Lakeridge High School, performs Friday, March 12 in the semi-finals of Oregon’s statewide Poetry Out Loud competition. She was judged State Champion and will represent Oregon in the national competition in Washington, DC, April 25-27.

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Tran recites John Donne’s “The Canonization” in the Saturday, March 13 final round of Oregon’s statewide Poetry Out Loud competition.

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Fellow contestants applaud Tran after she was announced as the winner of the Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a project of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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Poetry Out Loud coordinator Deb Vaughn congratulates State Champion Brynn Tran. The state competition took place March 12-13, 2010 at the Kroc Center, Salem.

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Tran takes a moment for a photo op with Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada. Inada was among the judges at the state competition, which took place March 12-13, 2010 at the Kroc Center, Salem.

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Lawson Fusao Inada, Brynn Tran of Lake Oswego, Poetry Out Loud runner-up Alexander Barnes of Ashland, and Oregon Arts Commission Executive Director Chris D’Arcy bask in the moment.

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Sherwood High School Poetry Out Loud coordinator Jared Jones with Sherwood High finalist Sierra Donahue; behind her, Oregon City High School finalist Kalen Forserg; Lake Oswego High School finalist Kisky Holwerda and Poetry Out Loud State Champion Brynn Tran.

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