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ArtsPath Poetry Out Loud Winner Announced for 2011

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DuBois Area High School sophomore Ella Glabicki won the ArtsPath regional final for Poetry Out Loud at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.

The award was presented by Myron Tomb, a member of the governor-appointed Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, following recitations given in the IUP Performing Arts Center.

Glabicki, one of five outstanding area students to compete in the poetry recitation regional final, will travel to the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania state final on March 14, 2011.

Each of the five participating students recited three poems from memory selected from a Poetry Out Loud anthology. Glabicki won reciting “My Grandmother’s Love Letters” by Hart Crane, “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, and “Sugar Dada” by J. Allyn Rosser. Other students’ choices this year also included “The New Decalogue” by Ambrose Bierce, “Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall, “Dover Beach” by Matthew Arnold, and, appropriate to the weather, “Snow Day” by Billy Collins, to name just a few.

Glabicki is a sophomore at DuBois Area High School. Among other school activities, she is a member of the International Thespian Society and was recently named to the Pennsylvania Thespian Student State Board. In addition to participating in plays and musicals both at the high school and with the Reitz Theatre in DuBois, she dances at Van Dyke and Company in Punxsutawney and studies voice and piano. She plans to pursue a career in musical theater, and is a student of Dorothea Hackett.

The first runner up, who must be prepared to step in should the winner not be able to compete at the state level, was Daniela Alarcón, a junior at Indiana Area High School. Other competing students included sophomore Tory Dellafiora from Homer Center High School, senior Sara Good from the Kiski School, and sophomore Julia Snickles from Marion Center Area High School.

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The contest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to encourage high school students to learn about significant works of poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. The state competition is presented each year by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and organized through a network of arts-in-education partners across the state. The 2011 national finals will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on April 29.

The local competition is organized by ArtsPath, a program of the College of Fine Arts and the Lively Arts at IUP, providing arts-in-education services to students in Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties. It has provided these services to over 3,000 people each year since 2001. ArtsPath is headed by Jeff Wacker, associate director of arts-in-education for the Lively Arts.

An outstanding and diverse group of individuals judged this year’s contest including Ed Carvalho, an English instructor at IUP; Laurel Johnson Black, an associate professor of English at IUP; Kate Geiger, director of the Indiana Free Library; Brian Jones, professor and department chair of IUP's Department of Theater and Dance; and Rebecca Catelinet, executive director for the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance. The prompter was Sean Barrett, a senior Theater major at IUP, with solo guitar music was provided by junior Music Education major Nathanial Mack.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency under the Governor’s Office. Its mission is to foster the excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania and to broaden the availability and appreciation of those arts throughout the state.

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