Altoona (WQOW) — A local high school student won the 2019 state poetry competition and is headed to nationals.
‘Poetry Out Loud’ is a national high school program where students perform and interpret a poem from the twenty-first century they’ve memorized, while also following the competition guidelines.
Daeja Loew, of Altoona High School took first place at the state championship, winning $200 for herself and $500 for Altoona High School. The money for the school will go towards more poetry books.
“Poetry really isn’t expressed to the fullest like it used to be and with Poetry Out Loud Program, it definitely allows students and teachers to kind of help people get this message across that you know, poetry is still very important,” Loew said.
Loew said she is preparing for nationals by staying in her normal routine and pacing herself.
The national competition starts in Washington D.C. on April 30.