CHARLESTON, W.Va. - High school students across West Virginia have three more weeks to register for a poetry competition.Called "Poetry Out Loud," the contest features high school students memorizing and reciting poetry for an audience. Besides the joy of poetry, the competition also helps students develop public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.Dec. 2 is the deadline to register with the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The competition begins at the school level, with winners advancing to the March state competition in Charleston.Winners from each state and U.S. territory compete at the national finals in Washington next April.
The state champion receives $200 and an all-expenses paid trip to the nation's capital. His or her school also receives $500 to purchase poetry books.