Poetry Out Loud






Grenora, ND.  Grenora Public School announces their winner of the school level contest for Poetry Out Loud (POL) National Recitation Contest. The student winner, and 2021 Grenora Public School, POL Champion is Kristiana Miller.  Currently in 10th grade, Kristianna will advance to the state level contest by submitting videos of three memorized poems selected from the official POPL anthology.  A presentation featuring the top five finalists, and announcement of the new State POL Champion will be shared state-wide through social media and online on March 10th, 2021.  Each champion at the state level will receive $200 and an opportunity to compete for the 2021 POL National Finals.  The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials.  In order to ensure the safety and health of participating students and staff, the 2021 POL National Finals will be held virtually rather than on-site in Washington D.C. as previously planned.


Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program presented in partnership with the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.


POL uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC.  Since 2005, POL has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. 


To learn more about the North Dakota POL contest, contact Rebecca Engelman, Arts in Education Director for North Dakota Council on the Arts at rengelman@nd.gov, 701-328-7593, or visit poetryoutloud.org.


Shelly Quimby

Grenora Public School


(701)694-2711 Ext.308