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Mead Student Wins State Poetry Competition
Mead Student Wins State Poetry Competition

Who knew poetry was the ticket to the United States capitol? It is for Mead High School student, Langston Ward, a junior, who won the state title for Poetry Out Loud over the weekend in Tacoma. Winning the state competition gives him the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for the Poetry Out Loud national competition on May 13th to the 15th.

The secret mixture to the competition is the memorization of poetry and public recitation of the words. Participating students from around the state had to memorize three poems while competing against other high school students from Eastern and Western Washington.

Ward recited the following poems during his part of the competition:

  • “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold
  • “The Truly Great” by Stephen Spender
  • “Chicago” by Carl Sandburg

Ward received an honorable mention during last year's competition. He read Carl Sandburger’s “I am the Mob, the People”, which you can watch online at the Washington State Arts Commission.

This year’s award not only sends him to Washington D. C., all-expenses paid, but also awards him with $200 in scholarship money. Mead High School also gets a stipend of $500 to purchase poetry books as well.

Funding for the competition is provided the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Poetry Links: Want to read what Ward recited during the competition, here's a link to "Dover Beach", "The Truly Great" and "Chicago". 

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