Leki Albright, a Liberty Bell High School student, will compete in the Eastern Regional Final for the Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday on Zoom.
Other students competing include Nathan Baldwin of Lakeside High School, Jonah Rieder, of Mead High School and Kharina Torres, of Okanogan High School.
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Albright, a freshman, won Liberty Bell High School’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud competition, edging out sophomore Adee Smith and junior Hazel Culpsmith in what organizer Kelly Grayum described as a close contest.
The top three finishers in the event were among eight students who each recited two poems in videotaped performances. Ordinarily, the competition is held at The Merc Playhouse before a live audience. This year, because of coronavirus restrictions, the recitals were taped at the Methow Arts film studio, edited, and then viewed online by a panel of judges who scored the presentations immediately — just as they would have in the theater.
Finalists for the ninth annual event included six freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.
Albright recited “Fairy Tale with Laryngitis and Resignation Letter” by Jehanne Dubrow, and “Slant” by Suji Kwock Kim.