The 2016 Poetry Out Loud District Competition was held at South Stokes High School on Friday, Jan. 15, the seventh year that the nation’s premiere high school poetry program was held in Stokes County.
Poetry Out Loud is a National competition supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and state / local arts organizations and school systems encouraging the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Organized by Jennifer Holmes, South Stokes High School English Department Chair, and assisted by faculty members Christina Holland and Ashley Johnson, the 2016 district competition featured participants Chance Hall and Andrew Solario from Stokes Early College and Jordan Zeigler, Jenny Smith, Yaretzy Segura, and Nicole Rogers from South Stokes. 2015 District Winner Jessi Noah also attended the competition and offered a selection of her own poems.
At the conclusion of two rounds of poetry recitation and the closest district competition yet, Jordan Zeigler of South Stokes High School was chosen as the 2016 Stokes County District Champion of Poetry Out Loud and will compete at the State Competition on March 5 in Greensboro. The Runner-Up Winner was Yaretzy Segura, with Jenny Smith the Third Place Winner.