After Liam Daily won the Poetry Out Loud regional competition and Kira Cramer placed third, the group from Liberty Bell High School stopped outside the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. From left, Sara Mounsey, Kira Cramer, Liam Daily, and Adam Kaufman.

After Liam Daily won the Poetry Out Loud regional competition and Kira Cramer placed third, the group from Liberty Bell High School stopped outside the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. From left, Sara Mounsey, Kira Cramer, Liam Daily, and Adam Kaufman.

For the second consecutive year, a Liberty Bell High School student has won first place in the Eastern Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud contest. Liberty Bell senior Liam Daily, who earlier won the local competition, took top honors at the regional competition in Spokane on Feb. 6.

Daily will compete in the state finals in Tacoma on March. 8.

Kira Cramer, who was the first place winner in the Independent Learning Center competition and earned a trip to Spokane, finished third overall in the regional contest and just missed a trip to Tacoma for the state finals.

Last year, Tom Zbyszewski, winner of the inaugural local contest, finished second at the state finals after winning the regional contest. The Washington state winner went on to finish first in the 2013 national competition.

The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the Public School Funding Alliance and Methow Arts, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition.