Indiana Student Named Poetry Out Loud Regional Champion

Posted on 2/10/2015 2:38:53 PM

POL 2015 Winner with AP CoordinatorIndiana Area High School senior Katherine Bradshaw was named winner of the ArtsPath regional competition for the 2015 Poetry Out Loud competition held at IUP on Monday, February 9, 2015. Bradshaw competed against two other finalists and now advances to represent the ArtsPath region at the Forum in Harrisburg on March 9.

Katherine will be one of 14 Pennsylvania regional champions who will compete for a chance to advance to the national finals held in April in Washington, D.C. The others competing in this regional competition, chosen from dozens of competitors from each school, include runner-up Jamie Houston, a senior at Dubois Area High School, and William Gardner, a senior at the Kiski School.

Katherine won reciting “Degrees of Gray of Philipsburg” by Richard Hugo, “Poem” by Muriel Rukeyser, and “April Midnight” by Arthur Symons.

At Indiana, Katherine’s interests include art, English, philosophy, and drama. She is involved in Portfolio Club and is president of SENDRACS, the school’s theater club. She has enjoyed performing in many of the school’s productions, most recently 45 Seconds to Broadway and I Hate Shakespeare. For the past two years, she has participated in the Foreign Exchange program and has hosted two students from Spain.

POL 2015 Winner RecitingShe spends her free time reading and writing, and plans to attend IUP in the fall. Katherine’s father, John Bradshaw, is a faculty member in the IUP Department of Physics.

Judges for the ArtsPath regional final included Rob Gretta, assistant professor in the Theater Department and director of Musical Theater; Helen Taylor, the instruction/outreach librarian at the Indiana Free Library; Daniel Weinstein, an assistant professor of English at IUP; Michael T. Williamson, an associate professor of English at IUP; and Kimberly Young, a reference librarian at the Indiana Free Library. The prompter for the competition was Wesley Dunning, a PhD candidate in IUP’s Composition and TESOL program. Music for the evening was provided by IUP music student Nick Adams on string bass.

Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about significant works of poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Pennsylvania’s contest structure is presented each year by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and organized through a network of arts-in-education partners across the state, including ArtsPath. 

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 led by Jeff Wacker (pictured above with Bradshaw), coordinator of Arts-in-Education services for the Lively Arts.

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.