Poetry takes center stage in state competition

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By Amy Wallot
amy.wallot@education.ky.gov

Reciting a poem over a hundred years old, but with feelings still relevant today, Grant County High School sophomore Haley Bryan won the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state competition. Her chosen poem in the final round was Revenge by Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

According to her mom, Teresa Bryan, Haley has been reciting poetry for “months and months” preparing for this event. She has been reciting poetry to anyone who will listen.

“It really is her passion,” she said.

George Rogers Clark High School (Clark County) senior Cacia Rose was named the runner-up.

Other students who competed were:

  • Matt Bradshaw, Butler Traditional High School (Jefferson County)
  • Naomi Cliett, Elizabethtown High School (Elizabethtown Independent)
  • Sierra DeShane, Allen County Scottsville High School
  • Loren Prather, Graves County High School
  • Brooke Salsman, McCracken County High School, finalist
  • Haylee Stevens, Phelps High School (Pike County)
  • Taryn Syck, Pike County Central High School, finalist
  • Katelyn Taylor, Franklin County High School
  • Gabby Thompson, Boyd County High School, finalist
  • Kaleb Trent, Hart County High School
  • Connor Wagner, West Carter High School (Carter County)
  • Cameron Wilson, Western Hills High School (Franklin County)
Chad Bryan hugs his daughter Haley Bryan after she was named the state champion at the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state finals in Frankfort. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
Chad Bryan hugs his daughter Haley Bryan after she was named the state champion at the Kentucky Poetry Out Loud state finals in Frankfort.
Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
Boyd County High School student Gabby Thompson recites Insomnia by Dana Gioia during the Poetry Out Loud Kentucky State Finals in Frankfort. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
Boyd County High School student Gabby Thompson recites Insomnia by Dana Gioia.
Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
Pike County Central High School junior Taryn Syck recites Insomnia by Dana Gioia during the Poetry Out Loud Kentucky State Finals in Frankfort. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
Pike County Central High School junior Taryn Syck recites Insomnia by Dana Gioia during the finals.
Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
McCracken County High School junior Brooke Salsman chose For the Young Who Want To by Marge Piercy for her final piece in the Poetry Out Loud competition in Frankfort. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
McCracken County High School junior Brooke Salsman chose For the Young Who Want To by Marge Piercy for her final piece.
Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Deputy Secretary Lindy Casebier congratulates state champion Haley Bryan at the Poetry Out Loud Kentucky State Finals in Frankfort. Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Deputy Secretary Lindy Casebier congratulates state champion Haley Bryan.
Photo by Amy Wallot, March 12, 2015

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