Toledo Early College High School is hosting its 6th Annual Poetry Out Loud school final on Friday, January 16.

The event will showcase 15 of the school’s students reciting poems as part of the National NEA Poetry Out Loud Contest, which encourages 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.

After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 and has grown to involve millions of students across the country. The contest is an outgrowth of a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and U.S. state arts agencies.

The TECHS competition will start shortly after 2 p.m. in the Scott Park Auditorium on the University of Toledo campus. The school plans to send the contest winner to the Ohio state contest in March. Three years ago, school winner Mikayla White made it to the national finals in Washington D.C. – she will be one of the judges for this year’s contest.

Posted on January 15, 2015