Poetry Out Loud County Finalist Selected

The Mariposa County Arts Council is pleased to announce Mariposa’s Poetry Out Loud County Finalist, Hannah Sweicki and Runner-Up, Tyler Mangan.

After receiving 3-weeks of program curriculum distributed by school and county educators, students select three poems to memorize and recite at their school contest. A panel of select judges score each competitor’s physical presence (body language), voice and articulation (clear, crisp mastery of rhythm and use of volume), dramatic appropriateness (style of delivery, gestures), evidence of understanding (interprets poem for the audience) and overall performance (captivating). The top ten proceeded to the Mariposa County Finals, competing in three rounds for a $100 cash prize, the title of County Finalist, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the State Finals Contest in Sacramento. State Finalists receive a $200 cash prize, $500 stipend for their school, and the opportunity to earn up to 20,000 dollars  at  the  National Contest.

This year, Hannah Swiecki, a junior at Mariposa County High School, was named the County finalist and will compete at the state level in Sacramento on March 18-19, 2018. Swiecki captivated the judges with her performances of “Every Single Day,” by John Straley; “Friendship After Love,” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox; and “Larkinesque,” by Michael Ryan. Tyler Mangan will take Hannah’s place during the State Finals if she is unable to attend.

Poetry Out Loud local and county competitions are presented in partnership with the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, as part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry – both classic and contemporary – through memorization, performance and competition. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has reached more than 3.3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 12,000 schools nationwide; the Arts Council will hold Poetry Out Loud in Mariposa County annually.