15 schools in state poetry competition

The Kentucky Arts Council has selected 15 Kentucky high schools to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation's annual Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

Kentucky is coming off a successful outing: Barbara Gooding of Western Hills High School in Frankfort finished second in the nation in last year's competition.

Western Hills will have a chance to shoot for the top again, along with the following high schools: Allen County-Scottsville, Scottsville; Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lexington; Frankfort, Frankfort; Fulton, Fulton; Grant County, Dry Ridge; Harlan County, Baxter; Hart County, Munfordville; Ballard, Louisville; Beechwood, Covington; Knox Central, Barbourville; Jenkins Independent, Jenkins; Mercer County, Harrodsburg; Ohio County, Hartford; and Greenwood, Bowling Green.

Each school will study poetry and will have schoolwide competitions. The winners will go to the state competition March 16 at the Frankfort Convention Center, and the state champion will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals, April 25 to 27 in Washington, D.C. The state winner's school will receive $500 to buy poetry books.

For more information about the state competition, contact Carrie Nath, arts education director for the Kentucky Arts Council, at 1-888-833-2787, Ext. 486. For information about Poetry Out Loud, go to