The Hannibal Arts Council will host the 12th annual Northeast Missouri Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition, a regional poetry recitation competition for area high school students at 10 a.m. on Feb. 13 at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Hannibal Arts Council will host the 12th annual Northeast Missouri Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition, a regional poetry recitation competition for area high school students at 10 a.m. on Feb. 13 at the Hannibal Arts Council, 105 S. Main St.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Students participating this year include Lauren Frazier (Canton High School), Wesley Peel (FCLC Learning Center), Claudia Nichols (Hannibal High School), Heidi Reinbeck (Palmyra High School) and Kaiya Thompson (Troy-Buchanan High School). Prior to the regional competition, the five Northeast Missouri schools that elected to participate in the program held school competitions to choose who represents them at the regional competition. The winner of the regional competition will proceed to the state finals in Jefferson City on March 9.  The winner of the state finals moves on to Washington, D.C. for the national finals.   

Poetry Out Loud Regional Recitation Competition is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Missouri Arts Council, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies and the Hannibal Arts Council. 

For more information about Poetry Out Loud and the regional competition, contact the Hannibal Arts Council at 573-221-6545.