Logan Markley, a senior at Palmyra High School, was named the 2019 Northeast Missouri Poetry Out Loud Regional Champion at the regional finals held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Hannibal Arts Council

Logan Markley, a senior at Palmyra High School, was named the 2019 Northeast Missouri Poetry Out Loud Regional Champion at the regional finals held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Hannibal Arts Council.

Markley recited “The War in the Air” by Howard Nemerov, “The Arrow and the Song” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost. His school coordinator is Jennifer Bryan. Other students participating were Victoria Reed, representing Freedom Christian Learning Center, and Claudia Nichols, representing Hannibal High School.

Markley will represent Northeast Missouri at the state finals Jefferson City on March 14. He will compete against the winners of seven other regional finals held throughout the state. The winner of the state final will continue on to the national finals held in Washington, D.C.

Each of the participants in the regional finals recited three poems for the judges. Judges scored each recitation on physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, overall performance and accuracy.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the school level, winners advance to a regional competition, then to a state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. The competition was presented by the Hannibal Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies.