March 11, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David "DJ" Gress, a senior at The Kiski School,
, today won the state finals of the 2013 "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest."
The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts hosted the competition at the Governor's Residence in
, along with First Lady
, chair of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, welcomed the competitors to the Residence.
"Governor Corbett and I are pleased to host the finals for
's Poetry Out Loud competition. During the past eight years, 55,000 high school students have participated in the competition," said
. "We congratulate this year's 14 finalists and the parents, teachers and principals who supported them in this endeavor."
Gress will represent
at the national championship to be held in
. The state champion will receive
from The Poetry Foundation and an expense-paid trip to compete in the national championship, which will award a total of
in scholarships and school stipends, with at least one
Second place went to
, a sophomore at Mercersburg Academy in
Gress and Jackson were among 14 regional finalists chosen from 10,000
high school students who participated in this year's competition. It is facilitated through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Each student memorized and performed three poems selected from print and online poetry anthologies. Students were judged on voice and articulation, physical presence, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, overall performance and accuracy.