Congratulations to Huntsville’s Raina Versa, a tenth grader at New Century Technology High School, for winning first place in Alabama’s Poetry Out Loud competition. According to the Alabama Writers Forum’s new release last week, Abigail Kunkle, a tenth grader from Harvest, Alabama won first place in the Original Poetry competition.
Elsewhere in the Deep South, state-level competitions are still in progress. Over in South Carolina, they’ve got their nine finalists lined up for a March 12 date, and Georgia’s program is in the regional phase now, with state finals to be held on March 20. The Poetry Out Loud page on the Mississippi Arts Council’s website still lists 2015 winners, so it looks like they’re still in progress as well.