Kansas student selected for national Poetry Out Loud competition

A high school student from Mitchell County will represent Kansas during the 2016 National Poetry Out Loud competition this week in Washington, D.C.

The student, Sarah Katsiyiannis of Tipton, will match her skills at reciting classic and contemporary poetry. The competition will be at George Washington University. She will be competing with 52 other high school students from across the nation.

From those students, nine will be selected for the finals for the title of National Poetry Out Loud Champion and a $20,000 award. The top finalists and their schools will receive $50,000 in awards.

The contest is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In Kansas, it is administered through the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

Katsiyiannis was selected through competition that included 21 high schools and 337 students. She was selected by a panel of judges from six regional competitions.