18 Ky. high schools taking part in poetry contest

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Eighteen Kentucky schools have been chosen to take part in the state Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.

The Kentucky Arts Council, which selected the schools, says the program encourages students to memorize and recite great poetry to learn more about it. Executive Director Lori Meadows says it can help students concentrate and develop critical thinking skills in other areas of study too.

The schools participating are Allen County Scottsville, Boyd County, Franklin County, Western Hills in Franklin County, Grant County, Harlan County, Hart County, Leslie County, Heath, Lone Oak and Reidland in McCracken County, Belfry, East Ridge, Phelps Junior and Senior High, Pikeville, Pike County Central and Shelby Valley in Pike County, and Ohio County.

Winner of the state finals receives $200 and a trip to nationals in Washington.

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