Annamarie Pike from Sitka, Julie Isom from my staff, Brandi Prefontaine from Naukati, and Brittni Tully from Ketchikan at the Poetry Out Loud state finals in Juneau.

I would like to congratulate the students from Senate District Q who made the state finals for the Poetry Out Loud Program, a National Recitation Contest promoted by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On March 19th, ten high school students from around the state participated in this event at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

The two students from Senate District Q are:

Annamarie Pike is a sophomore at Sitka High School. Annamarie discovered poetry last year when her sister competed at the state level of Poetry Out Loud. Like all younger sisters, Annemarie felt compelled to continue the tradition and loves reading and memorizing poetry. Her extracurricular interests include debate, drama and circus arts. Her higher education goal is to study broadcast journalism in college.

Brittni Tully is a senior at Revilla Alternative High School in Ketchikan. This is Brittni’s third year participating in Poetry Out Loud and her second year competing in the state competition. Along with recitation of poetry, Brittni is also a part of the drama, debate and forensics team. Brittni plans on attending college to pursue a future career in forensics animation. Maintaining a high GPA, helping out in the community and filling out college applications has kept Brittni busy this year.


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