Congrats, Alaya Mays!

Posted: January 25, 2018

Congratulations to our Camas High School​ 2018 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest​ champion – senior, Alaya Mays! This is Alaya’s third consecutive win. She will move on to the regional contest next Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver, Washington​, to compete with champions from all over Southwest Washington. Megan Kane, a junior, is our runner-up and alternate.

Did you know? CHS has been participating in this scholarship contest for 10 years, a dynamic poetry curriculum taught by teachers such as Terry Nyquist, Sam Greene, Lindsay Peters, Katie Seidl, Ruhiyyih Wittwer, Michael Peloquin, and Ryan Brunk. The contest begins in a participating teacher’s English classroom. Students are required to choose a poem from an extensive and diverse anthology and then recite it from memory. Students compete in the classroom, and then two winners move on to the school-wide contest. One student will continue on to the state level, and the state champion to the national competition in Washington, DC to compete for the $20,000 scholarship award.

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts​ and The Poetry Foundation, administered in partnership with the state arts agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.3 million students and 60,000 teachers across the country.