Maeva Ordaz brought one dress with her when she flew to Washington, D.C., in April to compete in the national Poetry Out Loud Competition.
“I didn’t think I’d need a second one,” she said. “I never thought I’d make it to the finals.”
The West High School senior was representing Alaska in the competition for the second time. During her first trip in 2014, she hadn’t advanced beyond the preliminary rounds. This year she went back more determined than ever, and became the first Alaskan to win the national championship.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts will hold a public reception celebrating her achievement on Monday at the Anchorage Museum. But when it comes to Ordaz’s lifetime achievements, reciting poetry is just the tip of the iceberg.
A long journey.