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The Betty Strong Encounter Center to host for the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — The Betty Strong Encounter Center of Sioux City will be hosting three organizations to present a poetry contest.

The Iowa Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts will be cooperating with LAMB Arts Regional Theatre presenting the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

The competition will be on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.

This is the 19th year since the National Endowment for the Arts first partnered with the Poetry Foundation to establish the Poetry Out Lord program.

This competition can potentially send students on to Des Moines for the Iowa State Competition and one to Sioux Falls for the S.D. State Competition, both held in March.

Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expense paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington DC to compete for the National Championship in May. The State winning school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100 plus $200 for his or her school library.

The National Poetry Out Loud first-place winner directly receives $20,000, the second place receives $10,000, and the third place receives $5,000. The fourth through ninth place national winners each receive $100. All nine schools receive $500 to purchase poetry books for their libraries. $50,000 in awards and school stipends are awarded annually at the National Finals.

For more information call 712-224-5242, to find the center, click here, or visit their Facebook page.

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