Liberty Bell High School student Leki Albright is one of two students who will advance to the state finals in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition, after their winning performances in the Eastern Regional round on Thursday (Feb. 4).
Also advancing to the state finals from the Eastern Region is Mead High School student Jonah Rieder.
Like the local and regional Poetry Out Loud competitions, the state finals will be staged as a virtual event on March 16.
Albright, a freshman at Liberty Bell, recited the two poems she presented in the local competition: “Fairy Tale with Laryngitis and Resignation Letter” by Jehanne Dubrow, and “Slant” by Suji Kwock Kim. For the finals, she will be required to recite a third poem chosen from options written before 1900.
At the Liberty Bell Poetry Out Loud competition last December, Albright edged out sophomore Adee Smith and junior Hazel Culpsmith. 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.