Natalie Kim Ramos

From a field of 10 Delaware high school students, Natalie Kim Ramos, a senior from Saint Mark’s High School, earned the title of 2022 Poetry Out Loud Delaware State Champion at the state finals held virtually on March 10, 2022. The first runner-up was Kai Schmiedel from Delaware Valley Classical School, and the second runner-up was Aiden Morris from Mount Sophia Academy.

Ramos’ recitation, “How To Triumph Like a Girl” by Ada Limón, earned her high marks with the judges. The full poem can be found on the Poetry Foundation’s website.

As the 2022 Poetry Out Loud Delaware State Champion, Ramos will receive $200 and the opportunity to compete in the virtual national semifinals on Sunday, May 1, 2022, which will be streamed on arts.gov. Saint Mark’s High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. Kai Schmiedel, the first runner-up will receive $100, and Delaware Valley Classical School will receive $200 for its school library.

The Poetry Out Loud state competition, sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

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2021 Poetry Out Loud

Delaware State Competition, Tuesday, March 10, 2022, held virtually

Participating Students

Blessings Akanbi
Joelle Caternor
Robyn Goodman
Aiden Morris
Ololade Olubowale

Natalie Kim Ramos
Kai Schmiedel
Ashley Schnyder
Kyle Short
Carrie Van Hauter

Participating High Schools

Delaware Valley Classical School
Hodgson Vocational Technical School
Milford High School
Mount Sophia Academy
Saint Mark’s High School

Sanford School
Smyrna High School
Sussex Central High School
The Tatnall School
Woodbridge High School

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