Central students take top two recitation spots

Central students take top two recitation spots

CHAMPAIGN — Two Champaign Central High School students are the winners of the Eastern Illinois regional contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest.

The regional champion is Jonlyn Miller, who performed "First Poem For You" by Kim Addonizio and "And Soul" by Eavan Boland.

The regional runner-up is Cedric D.B. Jones, who performed "The Bones Of My Father" by Etheridge Knight and "I, Too" by Langston Hughes.

The two were among nine students from four area high schools who participated in the Poetry Out Loud Eastern Illinois regional contest Feb. 18 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

Miller and Jones will advance to the state contest March 14 in Springfield. Each state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the national event April 29-30. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a recitation competition to high schools across the country.

To learn more about the state contest, visit poetryoutloud.org.

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