Interlochen student becomes Poetry Out Loud state champion

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — There are many different ways to express yourself. For these students, it is through the art of poetry.

Michigan Humanities and the Michigan Council of Arts and Culture announced Interlochen Arts Academy senior Gabriel Blaikie as the 2022 Poetry Out Loud State Champion.

“This year’s event had so much impact. It was amazing to see the students connect through the workshops and the competition,” Michigan Humanities CEO and Acting President Jennifer Rupp said in a press release. “We are so lucky to have been able to meet in person this year to experience the incredible work these students are putting into this program. »

Michigan Humanities

Gabriel Blaikie

According to the press release, contestants had to recite works they had memorized from an anthology containing more than 1,100 poems.

Michigan Humanities says Blaikie recited Dennis O’Driscoll’s “Tomorrow”, Aphra Behn’s “A Thousand Martyrs” and Stuart Dybek’s “Windy City”.

Here are the finalists for the 2022 Poetry Out Loud competition:

  1. Nour Dagher, Star International Academy – Dearborn Heights
  2. Adeline Frazier, Houghton High School – Houghton
  3. Audrey Gietzen, Petoskey High School – Petoskey

The organization says Blaikie will compete in the National Finals virtually in May 2022. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will award schools and organizations a total of $50,000 in stipends.

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