Registration for the spring 2015 Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition is underway through Dec. 1. Registration is open to all Nevada public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools and home school associations.
The program is structured similarly to the National Spelling Bee, but focuses on literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary works.
Poetry Out Loud begins at the local level as students learn about, memorize and finally present out loud poetry from the website www.poetryoutloud.org.
The student winner and a chaperone from each participating school district receive support to attend the state finals on March 1 in Reno.
Participants advance from school to district competitions and then to the Nevada State Finals, where the winner earns $1,000, wins $1,000 for his or her school to support literary programs and travels to Washington, D.C., to compete for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals. Students placing second and third at the Nevada State Finals receive $500 each and $500 for their schools.
Teachers are invited to find out more and register at nac.nevadaculture.org, or contact Maryjane Dorofachuk at 702-486-3738 or mdorofachuk@NevadaCulture.org.