Eureka High School Senior Set to Compete in Poetry Out Loud State Finals

In January, five Eureka High School English classes and one drama class held "Poetry Out Loud" class competitions. Out of these classes, 10 students were chosen to compete in the EHS finals. Although all 10 students showed great talent, senior Myah Daniels emerged as the student to represent EHS at the Poetry Out Loud annual regional finals at the Morris Graves Museum of Art.

Each competing student recited two poems from memory chosen from an anthology of thousands of classic and contemporary poems. Members from the local literary community served as judges; and all students were judged on their physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, level of complexity, evidence of understanding, accuracy, and overall performance.

In a close contest, Eureka High School senior Myah Daniels was named the winner of the regional competition. Daniels competed against students from Zoe Barnum High School, North Coast Preparatory Academy, and McKinleyville High School.

On March 16, Ms. Daniels will move on to compete in the state finals held in Sacramento on the floor of the senate in the capital building. Representing Humboldt County, Daniels will compete alongside thousands of high school students from across the nation, with the hope of moving on to the national finals held in Washington D.C. in April.

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in partnership with U.S. state arts agencies. The program begins at the classroom level, seamlessly integrating into high school literary curricula, while providing students with an opportunity to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Congratulations to all the participating students and to Ms. Myah Daniels for her outstanding accomplishment.

Poetry Out Loud: www.poetryoutloud.org