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Special Announcement!

2018 Poetry Out Loud State Champion:
Petoskey High School's
Grace Garver!

 Grace Garver, from Petoskey High School , was named the 2018 Michigan Poetry Out Loud State Champion after a day-long recitation competition at the Lansing Crowne Plaza on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Ms. Garver took top honors among 39 student competitors, reciting “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus in her final round. First runner-up was Jaxon Anderson of Pentwater Public Schools, second runner-up was Avery Fessenden of Leland Public Schools, and third runner-up was India Pruette of Saline High School. 

As state champion ­­­­­Ms Garver receives a $1200 cash award, $1500 stipend for her school, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Michigan at the national competition this April 23-25, 2018. The national competition will be live-streamed at  www.poetryoutloud.org .

The first runner-up Mr. Anderson will receive $600, with $700 for his school. The second runner-up Ms. Fessenden will receive $200, with $200 for her school. The third runner-up Ms. Pruette will receive $100, with $100 for her school. Student and school prizes at the state level are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Liesel Litzenburger Meijer Fund . All four state finalists will receive plaques commemorating their achievement. The national champion will receive a $20,000 college scholarship.

Poetry Out Loud, a national high school recitation competition, encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, while also mastering public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage. The program has engaged more than 78,000 students since the Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs began hosting it in 2005.

The program is open to all high schools, including home-school groups. Registration for the next program will open this fall. If teachers or parents would like to learn more about this program, please visit  www.michiganhumanities.org  or call 517-372-7770.
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Great Michigan Read Update

Visit our website and mark your calendar to see our Great Michigan Read authors! Ilyasah Shabazz will return to Michigan in March, and Kekla Magoon will return in May!

Our Great Michigan Read partnerships have continued to grow and we still have many copies of X: A Novel available. If you would like to become a partner or request additional books and resources, contact Katie Wittenauer, Program Officer.

Third Coast Conversations:
Dialogues about Water in Michigan

Application Deadline: March 16, 2018
Visit our website for details! C ontact Program Officer, Jennifer Rupp to talk about Third Coast Conversations!
Humanities Grants Spring 2018
Up to $180,000 in grant funds will be awarded!
The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018 . Contact James Nelson, Grants Officer, via email or phone: jnelson@mihumanities.org or call: 517-372-7770
Click here to Learn more! Take a look at previous Grant Recipients from the Fall 2017. The list is available online.
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