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Hannah Sturgis to Represent Delaware in National Finals of Poetry Out Loud

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Categories:  Kent County New Castle County News The Arts

Hannah Sturgis

Hannah Sturgis
Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

Hannah Sturgis, a sophomore from POLYTECH High School, won Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud state competition on February 24, 2015, held at the Smyrna Opera House. Sturgis’ recitations of “Snake Oil, Snake Bite,” by Dilruba Ahmed; “The Applicant,” by Sylvia Plath; and “Battle-Hymn of the Republic,” by Julia Ward Howe earned her high marks with the judges. The first runner-up was Kate Goorland from Ursuline Academy, and the second runner-up was Eden Negusse from Glasgow High School.

For her winning presentation, Hannah Sturgis will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, with a chaperone to compete for the national championship on April 27-29, 2015. POLYTECH High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Kate Goorland, the first runner-up will receive $100, and $200 goes to Ursuline Academy for the purchase of poetry books.

Walmart provided $25 gift cards for all sixteen student finalists and their teachers. At the National Finals, The Poetry Foundation will be awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

The state Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

Front: Delaware Division of the Arts Director Paul Weagraff, Kate Goorland, Hannah Sturgis, Eden Negusse, Delaware Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit, Delaware State Arts Council Chair Lise Monty.  Back: Andrew S.K. Dingwall, Kana Turley, Brianne Gray, Caitlin Mannering, Jessica Pigeon, Shannon Murray, Jake Sheir, Jarinat Sola-Rufai, Hannah Duffy, Frank Thomson, Genevieve Hahn. Not shown: Reanna Virginia Skinner, Gustavo Silveira. Photographer credit: Kathleen Buckalew

Front: Delaware Division of the Arts Director Paul Weagraff, Kate Goorland, Hannah Sturgis, Eden Negusse, Delaware Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit, Delaware State Arts Council Chair Lise Monty. Back: Andrew S.K. Dingwall, Kana Turley, Brianne Gray, Caitlin Mannering, Jessica Pigeon, Shannon Murray, Jake Sheir, Jarinat Sola-Rufai, Hannah Duffy, Frank Thomson, Genevieve Hahn. Not shown: Reanna Virginia Skinner, Gustavo Silveira.
Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

Kate Goorland, Hannah Sturgis, Eden Negusse

Kate Goorland, Hannah Sturgis, Eden Negusse
Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.

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