Hunter Hazelton is 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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Hunter Hazelton, a senior at Betty Fairfax High School in Laveen, Arizona, was named 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the state finals competition held on March 11, 2016 at the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS.

2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals: The Judges

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On Friday, March 11, 2016, ten Arizona high school students will compete for the title of Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion. We are pleased to announce the distinguished panel of judges who will perform the very difficult task of evaluating our finalist’s recitations.

2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals

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On Friday, March 11, 2016, ten Arizona high school students will compete for the title of Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion and the opportunity to represent the Arizona at the national finals in Washington, D.C. in April. For the first time since 2013, the state finals event will be held at the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS.

Poetry Out Loud Regional Competions

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Each year, thousands of students across the state compete in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition. This month, each participating school will send their champion to one of three regional competitions to determine which 9 students will vie for the title of state champion.

2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals Return to Eight, Arizona PBS

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce that the 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals event will return to the downtown Phoenix studios of Eight, Arizona PBS. The event, which will be held in March 2016, will be taped and broadcast to communities throughout the state.

Say the Life in the Poem: Alberto Álvaro Ríos reflects on Poetry Out Loud

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Beyond having his work featured in the Poetry Out Loud anthology, Ríos has contributed to Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud program in a number of ways over the years. He has acted as a host, a judge, and a guest of honor. Recently, Ríos shared his thoughts on the program, its benefits, and the difference between performing a poem and living a poem.

Five Reasons Teachers Love Poetry Out Loud

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The school registration deadline for Arizona Poetry Out Loud is only a month away–October 30, 2015. We understand that teachers and school administrators who are still on the fence about whether to register or not may need a little more encouragement, so today we present five reasons that teachers love Poetry Out Loud.