The Maine Arts Commission congratulates all competitors at the Northern Regional Finals.
On February 17, in Ellsworth, the majestic Grand Theater opened its doors to once again host the Poetry Out Loud Northern Regional competition. Twenty-one students from twenty-one high schools in northern Maine came to show their recitation skills in this annual event that included 8500 students from across the state when it started at the classroom level back in September.
The students presenting at the regional competition were all school champions, and by the end of the evening the judges had selected five to hold the title of Northern Regional Finalist.
These five students will join the five Southern Regional finalists at the state finals competition at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston on March 11, 2011.
The five Northern Regional Finalists are: Frank Schuth from Shead High School, Genevieve Shepard from Searsport District High School, Eloise Harnett from Gardiner Area High School, Bethany Bernhardt from Erskine Academy, and Bethanie Brown from Waterville Senior High School.