Danville High School student Isabella Cooper was one of two high school students who represented the eastern Illinois region during the 2017 Illinois Poetry Out Loud recitation contest sponsored by the Springfield Area Arts Council.
Cooper was among 16 award-winning high school students from eight regions around Illinois who competed March 10 in the Hoogland Center for the Arts in Springfield for a spot in the 2017 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in Washington, D.C., in early May.
The teenagers who competed in Springfield were the winners and runners-up from regional competitions held in February that started in their own classrooms. Students studied, memorized and recited renowned classic and contemporary poetry at each level of competition, and a panel of writers, teachers and performers judged the recitations.
The state champion, Mariah Brooks from Southeast High School in Springfield, received a trip to the nation’s capital to join a field of 53 students vying for the top prize, a $20,000 scholarship.