PTA Reflections: Alabama

Last weekend, four students from Booker T. Washington Magnet High School were honored at the state-level for their entries in the PTA’s Reflections competition. One student was honored in the Literature category, two in Visual Arts, and one in Photography. At center is BTW’s Visual Arts instructor Rachel Dudley.

Congratulations, Samara Huggins! #POL17

We want to extend our congratulations to Samara Huggins, this year’s national Poetry Out Loud champion! Huggins went to Washington, DC to compete as Georgia’s state champion. According to

To earn the Georgia award, Huggins beat out thousands of students from more than 88 schools in Georgia. She recited “Novel” by Arthur Rimbaud, “Dream Song 14” by John Berryman, and “The Farmer” by W.D. Erhart in three successive rounds at the state competition.

Huggins is a senior at Whitefield Academy in Mableton, Georgia. She received first place in her school’s competition in January, then won the state competition in March. This was her “fourth consecutive year” representing her school in the state finals of Poetry Out Loud.

In addition to her victory in the Poetry Out Loud program, Samara Huggins has also been honored for both for her art and her writing in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

In recent years, students from the South have fared well in the Poetry Out Loud competition. The winner in 2016 was from Virginia, 2014’s winner came from Tennessee, and Youssef Biaz from Alabama took the top prize in 2011.