Cass Technological High School senior Matthew Webb and Detroit School of Arts 10th grader Ejiro Enajero both placed at the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition Friday, March 14. Webb took home the first-place award and Enajero took fourth.
According to PoetryOutLoud.org, Poetry Out Loud is a contest that encourages young adults to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Students compete starting at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the national finals.
Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship.