Johnston County

Poetry contests crown winners

From left are Poetry Out Loud contestants Abigail Barajas, Noah Kiser Olivia Padgett and Brittany Wortham.
From left are Poetry Out Loud contestants Abigail Barajas, Noah Kiser Olivia Padgett and Brittany Wortham. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Several Johnston County high school competed in this year’s Poetry Outloud competition.

Noah Kiser, a senior at Smithfield-Selma High School, won the competition. With the win, he advances to the state competition, which is scheduled for March 5 in Greensboro.

The runner-up was Abigail Barajas, a senior at Johnston County Early College Academy. Also taking in the district competition were North Johnston’s Olivia Padgett and West Johnston’s Brittany Wortham.

Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

In a separate competition, for writers of original poetry, Hannah Prosser, a student at Johnston County Middle College High School, took home first-place honors with her poem, “An Everlasting Melodious Presence.”

The original-poetry event is a county-based competition scored on poetic elements, theme, grammar and mechanics.

Other students taking in the event were Early College’s James Daniels and Smithfield-Selma’s Kiser.

The Johnston County competition was held on Jan. 21, and the winner will advance to the North Carolina State contest on Saturday, March 5, in Greensboro. Each champion at the state level will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national championship, May 2-4, 2016. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books.

For more information about the North Carolina Poetry Out Loud contest, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

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