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State Bound

February 6, 2011

Gabby and Ryan represented ARTech in The Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition last Saturday at The (haunted) Mantorville Opera House.  Gabby earned a 2nd place finish, and a trip to The Historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul on March 7th, to compete in the Statewide Competition.   Congratulations to both of them!

Poetry Out Loud has become a popular annual event at our school.   The participating high school students are coached by Scott and Bob.  Fourteen students performed in our school competition.   They were judged by three prominent members of the local arts community –  Paula Granquist, Rob Hardy and Ann Gregory-Bjorklund.

Gabby and Ryan were judged to be the ARTech representatives for regionals.  Mind you, ask any of our judges and they will let you know what a tricky task it is to rank the students.   Just to step before the mike and deliver the memorized verse involves considerable poise and courage from each and every student.

That said, the competition demands a school representative and Gabby and Ryan were duly selected.   Accompanied by Coach Scott and No#1 supporter Henry, our performers did our school proud. Gabby was runner up at Regionals last year.  This year she led with Altruism by Molly Peacock and followed up with more challenging Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe.

Gabby will now compete in the State Competition.   It’s quite an honor, and gives Gabby an opportunity to challenge for a spot in the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC.   For more information about the Poetry Out Loud competition, check out the website here.   Poetry Out Loud is cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.   Our participating students are joined by over 100,000 others nationwide who are competing local, regional and state competitions.

Oh yeah, for stories about the haunted history of Mantorville, you had better check in with Scott, or any of our three intrepid students who made Saturday’s trip south.  They have tales to tell…


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