Poetry Out Loud 2017
Cecilia Ergueta

From a competitive field of 13 Delaware high school students, Cecilia Ergueta, a junior from Wilmington Friends School, earned the title of 2017 Poetry Out Loud Delaware State Champion at the state finals held in Smyrna, Del. on Feb. 28. The first runner-up was Shalyn Littlejohn from Hodgson Vo-Tech High School and the second runner-up was Sam McGarvey from Tall Oaks Classical High School.

Ergueta’s final recitation, “The True-Blue American” by Delmore Schwartz, earned her high marks with the judges. The full poem can be found on the Poetry Foundation’s website.

For her winning presentation, Ergueta will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington with a chaperone to compete at the national championship on April 25-26. Wilmington Friends School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. Shalyn Littlejohn, the first runner-up will receive $100, and Hodgson Vo-Tech High 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.


2017 Poetry Out Loud – Participating Students and High Schools

Poetry Out Loud 2017
Top Row: Nick Thompson, Mollie Russell, Ryan Washington; Middle Row: Shannon Murray, Cecilia Ergueta, Jane Krukiel; Bottom Row: Andrew Dingwall, Natalie Nwanekwu, Shalyn Littlejohn, Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, Tania Laurent, Glynnis Leach, Sam McGarvey; Not Pictured: Carly Lepore Photo Credit: Kathy Buckalew

Delaware State Competition, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Smyrna Opera House, Smyrna, Delaware

Concord High School

Dover High School

Hodgson Vo-Tech

Newark Charter Jr./Sr. High School

Padua Academy

Polytech High School

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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