Deering High School junior Amran Mahamed has been selected as one of 10 finalists to compete in the 2017 Poetry Out Loud Maine State Finals in Waterville on Monday, March 13.
Amran gave a powerful performance at the Southern Maine Regional Finals at Thornton Academy in Saco on Feb. 28. She was one of five finalists selected from the 23 students reciting poetry in that competition. A total of 10 competitors – the five finalists from southern Maine and five from northern Maine – will compete in the state finals.
The three poems Amran recited were “Bleeding Heart” by Carmen Giminez Smith, “The Song of the Smoke” by W.E.B. DuBois, and “The Paradox” by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
“Deering is incredibly proud of the talent of Amran Mahamed and we wish her the best at the state competition,” said DHS English teacher Shana Genre.
Two other talented Portland Public Schools students competed in the southern Maine regional contest –Ludiya Abdalla from Portland High School and Eve Fischer from Casco Bay High School. Those students were among the top 10 competitors but only Amran was among the top five advancing to the state competition.
The 2017 Poetry Out Loud Maine State Finals will be held at 3 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House, located at 93 Main Street, Waterville. The two-hour event is free and open to the public. The snow date is March 14.
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The event allows students from all over America to compete at the school level and potentially advance to regional, state, or even national levels. Participants are evaluated on their physical presence, voice and articulation, evidence of understanding, dramatic appropriateness, accuracy, and overall performance. The winner of the state competition will be granted an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., where many thousands of dollars in college scholarships are awarded.