Kathleen Becker, a senior from Red Lion Christian Academy, won Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud state competition on February 25, 2014, held at the Smyrna Opera House. Becker’s recitations of “Sestina: Like,” by A. E. Stallings, “Channel Firing,” by Thomas Hardy, and “every single day,” by John Straley earned her high marks with the judges. The first runner-up was Idalis Stamas from Polytech High School, and the second runner-up was Kellina Moore from Appoquinimink High School.

For her winning presentation, Kathleen will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, with a chaperone to compete for the national championship April 29-30, 2014. Red Lion Christian Academy will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Idalis Stamas, the first runner-up will receive $100, and $200 goes to Polytech High School for the purchase of poetry books.

Walmart provided $25 gift cards for all sixteen student finalists. At the National Finals, The Poetry Foundation will be awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

The state Poetry Out Loud 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.


2014 Poetry Out Loud – Participating Students and High Schools

Standing left to right: Bridget Rocha, Sydney Badel, Maryam Pasdar, Kana Turley, Kellina Moore, Kathleen Becker, Christopher Malafronti, Daria Chicosky, James Rath, Idalis Stamas; Seated from left to right: Janay Brooklyn Laws, Syda Isaacs, Genna Hahn, Lt. Governor Matt Denn, Josyln Gardner, Erin Paige Dugan. Not pictured: Kelly Velasquez-Perez (Photographer credit: Kathleen Buckalew)

Delaware State Competition, Tuesday, February 25, 2014  at 7:00 p.m., Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna, Delaware

Appoquinimink High School

Brandywine High School

Caravel Academy

Dover High School

First State School

Mt.  Sophia Academy

Padua Academy

Polytech High School

Red Lion Christian Academy

Sanford School

Seaford High School

St. Marks High School

Tall Oaks Classical School

Ursuline Academy

Wilmington Christian School

Wilmington Friends School

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