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Samuel Martinez, Christopher Linares, Mei Chen, Ethan Moore, Hannah Pool, Abre Chavez, Chloe DePledge, Daisha Campos, Nathan Oxford - photo by Emily Redondo

Chloe DePledge Takes Top Honors In “Poetry Out Loud”

First Place Winner Chloe DePledge with Madera County Arts Council Executive Director Rochelle Noblett – Photo by Emily Redondo

MADERA – Chloe DePledge, of Glacier High School, won First Place at the Poetry Out Loud finals in Madera, and now advances to the State Finals Competition in Sacramento.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, Madera County Arts Council hosted the Madera County Finals Competition for Poetry Out Loud at Circle Gallery.

Students from Madera High School, Madera South High School, Liberty High School, Glacier High School and Voyager Secondary School competed in two rounds.

Chloe DePledge, of Glacier High School, won the First Place prize of $150 with her impassioned recitations of “Love (III)” by George Herbert and “Be Music, Night” by Kenneth Patchen. She will represent Madera County at the State Finals Competition in Sacramento on Mar. 18 and 19.

Christopher Linares – Photo by Emily Redondo

Mei Chen – Photo by Emily Redondo

Christopher Linares of Madera High School won the Second Place Prize of $75 and Mei Chen of Liberty High School won the Third Place Prize of $50.

About the Poetry Out Loud Competition:

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the California Arts Council to support 2018 Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.

This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $100,000 in awards.

The Madera County Finals Competition was made possible by our local sponsor Sierra Tel, our state sponsor California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About Madera County Arts Council:

Madera County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1982 by the Madera County Board of Supervisors. Our mission is to provide residents and visitors access to art and culture through diverse programs and services, promote art education, and support local artists and arts groups.

Nathan Oxford – Photo by Emily Redondo

Daisha Campos – Photo by Emily Redondo

Ethan Moore – Photo by Emily Redondo

Samuel Martinez – Photo by Emily Redondo

Hannah Pool – Photo by Emily Redondo

Abre Chavez – Photo by Emily Redondo

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